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Island businesses enjoy great season
Astheworld Terns joins
the parade. Page 6
outlines 'green' city
park. Page 2
Real estate experts
urge 'act now.' Page 4
Writers debate mora-
torium. Page 6
HB to hear code prob-
lem. Page 9
What's up on AMI?
Navigating AMI street
map. Pages 16-17
Island police blotter.
events. Pages 20-21
Flag football leads up
to Super Bowl con-
tests. Hudson hits hole
in one. Page 24
Fishing with a cold
front. Page 25
Obituaries. Page 26
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Island retail sales were
t lii u lithe roof' in February, said a number
of Island merchants, and many predicted
record sales for the month, even without the
"leap day" of Feb. 29.
"It's been fantastic," said Signa Bouziane,
co-owner of Mister Roberts Resortwear in
Holmes Beach, midway into the winter tour-
ist season on Anna Maria Island.
"I haven't had time to do the sales figures
- we've been so busy but I'm positive it's
a record for a February."
She said she saw a large increase in walk-
in traffic this February, and attributed it to
good weather, word-of-mouth about Mister
Roberts, and more visitors to the Island.
"We had a lot of our regular winter cus-
tomers, but I was surprised at the number of
new faces. Several shoppers said they heard
that this was a store they just had to visit, so
we were very, very busy in February," Bouz-
One area that's seeing a growing share of
visitors this season appears to be Pine Avenue
in Anna Maria.
"By far, this was our best February ever,"
said Lauren Sato of Beach Bums rentals, 427
"We've been here more than five years
and I've never seen this much walk-in traffic.
A lot of it is because we've had great weather,
and that makes kayak and bike rentals more in
at the Anna
Beach Cafe at
Enoch says the
cafe is having
to good weather
and an increase
in beach visitors.
New to Pine Avenue this season is Tide &
Moon Boutique. Owner Laura Shely operated
her store in Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach
for several years before moving to Anna Maria
Jan. 1. She said she's glad she made the move.
\ 1y February sales were through the roof.
Definitely the best February I've ever had.
PLEASE SEE GREAT SEASON, PAGE 4
Partygoers get boot from HB rental
By Rick Catlin
One group of 18 college students on
spring break last week in a vacation home in
Holmes Beach learned that partygoers who
break city codes are not welcome.
Larry Chatt, the rental property manager
for Island Real Estate and a driving force
behind getting Anna Maria Island's rental
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A threatened Cuban snowy plover set up a
nest March 6 on the shore in Anna Maria.
According to Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch and sh .. /,, I Monitoring, it's the
earliest sign of a snowy plover nest here,
and while they typically nest farther north,
a few nesting pairs have been known to find
their way to AMI each year. Story, page 4.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Glenn Wiseman
agents and owners to share and enforce strict
rules for tenants, said he evicted 18 people from
a home in the 200 block of 73rd Street for violat-
ing the terms of their lease.
Police were called in the early morning
hours March 6 to the 73rd Street property, at
which time the vacationers were told that the
next incident would not result in a warning.
HBPD found 12 of the 18 people present
Jade Ortwein, 7, of Cortez, puts a finishing
touch on her strawberry pie during the March
8 Berry Bee event at the Florida Maritime
Museum, 4415 119th St. W, Cortez. Berry Bee
attendees learned about the history of work-
ing together in a "bee," as part of a month-
long celebration of Manatee Heritage Days.
Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love
at the home were 21 or older and had reason to
believe the tenants were consuming alcoholic
Police warned the group about Florida's
Open House Party Law, which provides that the
adults at any party or on any premises are legally
liable for any underage drinking that occurs,
and for any incidents after the party caused by
PLEASE SEE PARTYGOERS, PAGE 3
Art lovers look over the details of a painting
on display during the past weekend's Spring-
fest at the Holmes Beach field. More than
100 artists displayed their work at the annual
event, a benefit for the Anna Maria Island
Art League. More, page 11. Islander Photos:
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Former AM commissioner says: Go green
By Rick Catlin
Former Anna Maria Commissioner Gene Aubry
lent his architectural skills to the city March 8, offer-
ing a rendering to commissioners of a park, nature trail,
open space and parking at the city-owned land at the
east end of Pine Avenue.
Aubry had volunteered for the task Feb. 23 after
commissioners had difficulty agreeing as to what should
go on the site. The city purchased the property in Sep-
tember 2011 for $2.8 million to ensure it would not be
developed by the private sector.
Many commissioners were in favor of some type
of park, but until a plan is adopted, parking is being
allowed on about one-third of the property.
Commissioners also decided in February to end
overflow parking May 7.
City Pier Restaurant manager Dave Sork said he
was pleased the park rendering allows some parking.
The Anna Maria City Pier already is the No. 1 visi-
tor attraction in Manatee County, he said, and the addi-
tion of the boardwalk and a beach along the shore and
the growth of retail shops on Pine Avenue are bringing
Dems meeting includes
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will meet
for lunch and to hear a featured speaker at noon March
19 at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N,
Guest Tom Boeke, Ph.D., will speak on contempo-
rary issues affecting the Middle East. He has an extensive
background in teaching international relations and foreign
policy, and is the recipient of numerous fellowships.
Mr. Boeke retired in 2008, but presently teaches
part-time at the State College of Florida.
Lunch is $12 dollars for members and $15 dollars
for guests. Everyone is welcome, and reservations are
For information, call club president Harry Kamb-
eris at 941-779-0564.
even more visitors to the waterfront.
Commissioner SueLynn said she will present a
"guidebook" at the March 28 commission meeting
prepared with help from rental agents Larry Chatt and
Mike Brinson that can be given to new visitors renting
a vacation property in the city.
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Former Anna Maria Commissioner Gene Aubry
shows city commissioners at their March 8 meet-
ing his drawing of a park and nature path on the
city's vacant property at the east end of Pine Avenue.
Aubry's drawing allows 19 parking spaces along the
perimeter of two sides of the park. Islander Photo:
The guidebook will contain the list of "best prac-
tices" developed for renters and agents and a notation
that the rental agent has the right to evict tenants who
violate conditions of the lease agreement.
The guidebook will be given to vacationers in a
"friendly manner," with appropriate artwork, SueLynn
said. For 95 percent of the renters, there will be no
issues with the best practices in the guide.
"It's only a few people who ever cause any prob-
lems," she said.
Among the conditions that might trigger an eviction
or a code violation, she said, are excessive noise past 10
p.m., trash left curbside, too many vehicles parked on
lawns and at other properties, and having more people
at the rental than called for in the agreement. The rental
agreement terms also will include respecting the neigh-
borhood and maintaining the peace and quiet of the
She said she hopes all rental agents and rental prop-
erty owners in Anna Maria and the Island will adopt the
guide for their clients.
Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino
told Anna Maria commissioners that Chatt recently
evicted a large group of people at a rental in Holmes
Beach for violating the conditions of the lease agree-
Mayor Mike Selby said he plans to meet with Sgt.
Dave Turner, who heads the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office Anna Maria substation, and other MCSO officials
to ensure MCSO's cooperation with rental agents who
may require assistance in dealing with problem ten-
Commissioners then unanimously adopted an ordi-
nance creating a special code enforcement magistrate
to hear code violation cases
This will eliminate the neighbor vs. neighbor aspect
of citizens serving on the code enforcement board.
The special master will be a licensed Florida attor-
ney who specializes in deciding code enforcement mat-
Selby said he would immediately begin the request
for proposals process.
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minors who had been drinking.
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson said,
"technically," the adults and the minors could have been
arrested, but officers dealt with the situation by empty-
ing all the alcohol found on the premises and advising
the group to avoid further alcoholic consumption.
No loud noise after 10 p.m., a maximum number
of people at the rental, and respect for the residential
character of Holmes Beach are just a few of the condi-
tions Island Real Estate tenants must abide by, Chatt
The on-duty rental agent for Island Real Estate was
notified by police and responded to the scene. The agent
later reported the incident to Chatt.
Later on March 6, the 73rd Street tenants were
Police also were called to a rental in the 200 block
of 50th Street March 6 following a complaint of loud
noise at the house.
The occupants, who said they are a singing group
from North Carolina, and were practicing their vocals
when police were called. The group's captain, Maggie
Sparling, told police they were sorry for the incident
and would not practice again after 10 p.m. during their
Ironically, Sparling said the group chose Holmes
Beach for its "peaceful and quiet atmosphere."
Chatt said the 50th Street group would get only one
warning. Any other incidents there also would result in
Chatt said he was pleased with the police coopera-
tion in both incidents. He said it proves that with the
proper database, law enforcement officers know which
rental company is the agent for the rental property and
can contact them if any disturbance is reported.
"I am proud to be involved in the collaborative
effort between Island Real Estate, Holmes Beach, and
the Holmes Beach Police Department to enforce the
quiet enjoyment of our neighborhoods," Chatt said.
"An eviction is an example of an extreme case, but
we often learn the most from extreme cases and this situ-
ation is no exception for myself or my team," he said.
Chatt added that he hopes this example inspires
other vacation rental agents and owners to get involved
with "cooperative solutions to tough problems."
Chatt, Mike Brinson and Anna Maria Commis-
sioner SueLynn are preparing a guidebook for vaca-
tioners that includes a list of "best practices" the rental
agent will use in any lease and provide the guidebook
Although Chatt, Brinson and many other rental
agents already have the best practices in their rental
agreements, Chatt hopes to have all Island agents agree
to the practices, and involve law enforcement in any
rental property incidents.
The two incidents are "an example that cooperation
between property managers and the police will make a
difference to find more balance in our residential com-
munities," he said.
SueLynn agreed it was unusual for a group of col-
lege students on spring break to come to Anna Maria
THE ISLANDER U MARCH 14, 2012 U 3-A
Island, but partygoers who want to disrupt a residential
neighborhood are "exactly the type of people we don't
want here." She suggests partiers go to Panama City,
Fort Lauderdale or some other spring break beach.
She said she hopes word of the eviction spreads
quickly, although she doubted if any national media
would pick up the story.
"These are the people we don't want here and I
applaud Larry and the other agents and owners who use
the best practices for quick action. I hope the word gets
out to spring-breakers and party people everywhere that
they are not welcome on the Island unless they agree to
Under Florida's "Open House Party Law," each
adult at the premises where underage drinking has
occurred could face a fine of up to $500 and 60 days in
jail, if charged and convicted. The underage drinkers
also could have been fined up to $500 each and given
a maximum 60-day jail sentence upon conviction.
SHolmes Beach police
March 6 warned vaca-
tioners at this rental in
S -~: .. ', the 100 block of 50th
SStreet about exces-
sive noise after 10 p.m.
Members the singing
group vacationing at
the home apologized to
police and Island Real
.Estate and pledged
no further late-night
Earlier March 6, 18
spring breakers at a
vacation rental on 73rd
Street were evicted by
Island Real Estate prop-
erty management with
assistance from HBPD.
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Local real estate
advise: Act now
By Rick Catlin
Many Island real estate agents say they are experi-
encing a boom in sales this winter season, but caution that
all the best buys the "steals" may be gone by April
30, the traditional end of the winter visitor season.
The spark in sales began in January, said Nicole
Skaggs of Big Fish Realty in Holmes Beach.
According to her figures, 35 housing units condo-
minium, villa, townhouse and single-family residences
- were sold between Jan. 1, 2012, and Feb. 21, 2012,
compared with 24 for the same period in 2011.
"That's a 45 percent increase," Skaggs said, "and has
definitely reduced the inventory."
On the bright side for buyers, the average list price
from Feb. 21, 2011, to Feb. 21, 2012, was up only 1
But that's not the full picture, Skaggs said.
The median list price for Gulffront property saw a
significant jump from last year to this year, climbing from
a median of $440,000 in February 2011 to $535,000 in
February 2012, she said.
That's a sure sign the market has made a comeback
from 2008-09, when prices dropped considerably, Skaggs
That's not to say there aren't still bargains.
"You can still find bargains if you look and you're
paying cash," she said.
There are a few "steals" left in the condominium
market, but few are priced under $100,000. Two years
ago, a large number of condos sold for less than $100,000,
Skaggs characterized the typical winter real estate
season as slow starting, then picking up momentum in
March and a "scramble" at the end of April to get into
"In my opinion, there might only be a few bargains
left by the end of April. Prices are on the way up. We're
not going to have a big jump, but I can easily see prices
climbing 5 to 7 percent in the next few months."
Most buyers are looking for a second home and plan
to eventually retire to the Island, she said.
"I'm definitely not disappointed in the season,"
Neither is Terry Hayes of Signature Sotheby's, who
has been selling high-end Anna Maria properties for a
number of years.
"The value is out there. There are a number of good
deals, but if it's priced right, it sells quick," she said.
Buyers who are interested in a bargain property, but
wait on the sidelines, usually find it sold when they're
ready to move.
"I've had some who weren't ready to pull the trig-
ger, and they missed out on some excellent deals," Hayes
As single-family homes, condos, villas and town-
homes are selling well on Anna Maria Island, so are the
townhomes at Harbour Isle on north Perico Island, just
across the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
Harbour Isle is a planned community by Minto Com-
munities LLC of Florida. Minto started slowly, building
only 12 townhomes in mid-2011 in the low $300,000
range. The strategy appears to have worked.
"Our January sales were better than expected," said
sales manager Bob Stevens.
Sales were so good, the company recently announced
it would build 18 units in its Mangrove Walk subdivision,
which will eventually have 96 homes.
"It's been an incredible season. A lot of walk-ins, a
lot of people just driving by, seeing the lighthouse tower
and stopping by. And a lot of sales. We couldn't be more
pleased, and we seem to have been accepted by the area
real estate agents as co-agents, not competitors."
Although Harbour Island appears to have a niche in
the market, Stevens said the company focuses on people
who want to live here year-round.
And he's pleased by the positive reaction from agents
who have brought prospective buyers to the property.
"With what's at Mangrove Walk and what's on the
Island, there's something here for every type of buyer,"
Stevens said with enthusiasm.
"We're looking forward to a great finish to our first
season here," he said.
Threatened plover arrives on AMI shore
By Mark Young
Spring may be in the air, but its true sense of arrival
is on the ground.
A sign of spring's arrival a mother snowy plover
- landed on the northern shore of Anna Maria Island
Only an estimated 220 pairs of Cuban snowy plovers
nest along the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, while the
sister species Western snowy plover migrate farther west
with an estimated population of 2,600.
According to Glenn Wiseman, an educational direc-
tor for the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird
Monitoring, three quarters of the remaining population
of snowy plovers nest farther north along the panhandle,
but a few nesting pairs choose Island shores each year.
"Last year we had five nests," said Wiseman. "Three
of them were destroyed and only two managed to hatch
Snowy plover nests are extremely delicate, said Wise-
man, who noted that the nest amounts to a few scratches
in the sand where the female will lay one to three eggs.
"They are very susceptible to being destroyed," he
said. "If people go near the nest, the mother will jump off
of the nest, leaving the eggs vulnerable to crows, gulls
and other predators."
The March 6 discovery of the Anna Maria nest is
within nesting season for the bird, but, Wiseman said,
"This is the earliest we've ever seen one. We typically
see them a little later in March."
The nest area has been roped off and signs posted to
ward off human interruption of the bird's nesting cycle,
which Wiseman said is approximately 24-32 days.
"We also leave brochures for people where we have
roped off the area because we are about education," he
said. "What we will do when the time is right is set up a
scope for people to come out and take a peek."
In the meantime, people are being asked to adhere
to the warnings and not disturb the nest.
"Most people are well intentioned," said Wiseman,
"but just as much damage can be done out of ignorance
GREAT SEASON CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
There's so much more walk-in traffic in Anna Maria, I
absolutely love it here," Shely said.
It seems boom in sales is being shared by Island
Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna
Maria, BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach, and
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub on Longboat Key,
said February sales at two of the restaurants set a record
for the month, even before leap day was counted.
"The excellent weather we had really helped us. It
was a blessing to everybody on the Island in the restau-
rant business," Chiles said.
For Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe operator Mark
Enoch, the great weather has been a boon.
Although this is only the second winter season his com-
pany has operated the concession at the Manatee Public
Beach for the county, Enoch said sales are "definitely ahead
of last year at this time. The weather has been perfect and
we're seeing a lot more people at the beach."
Enoch also noted that spring break for area high
schools and some Florida colleges begins next week and
that should be good for Island retail and restaurant busi-
If the weather holds in the coming week, Enoch pre-
dicted the cafe would be "very, very busy, and we've
already been extremely busy this season."
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president
Mary Ann Brockman said she's heard no complaints
about sales in February.
"Many members said their sales were off the charts.
From the number of walk-ins, phone calls and e-mails
we got that month, and are getting in March, it's easy to
believe. We've been snowed in," she said.
Brockman said many phone calls are from people
already on the Island, but without a reservation.
"It's hard to imagine so many people coming without
making an advance reservation. We're doing everything
we can to find them a place to stay," she said.
Brockman said she would not be surprised if Febru-
ary 2012 tourism was a record this year for visitors and
Bouziane, who owns Mister Roberts with sister Linda
Clayton, couldn't agree more.
"February was just stunning for us. Many days we
were just swarming with customers. I only hope the good
weather stays with us during March," Bouziane said.
than malice, which is why the education is so impor-
Another important reason to respect the nest boundar-
ies, Wiseman said, is because the birds are hard to spot.
"Their colors are the same as the sand, so you could
walk right up on a nest without seeing it, and by then it
could be too late."
Both snowy plover parents will stay with the nest
until the eggs hatch, taking turns guarding the eggs while
the other hunts for food.
enrollment begins soon
Parents who would like their child to participate
in voluntary pre-kindergarten for 2012-13 school
year in the Manatee County Public School District
need to apply at the district's Parent Information
Center, 234 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, during
the VPK Priority Choice Open Enrollment Period,
weekdays March 19-30.
On Monday, March 19, applications will be
available at the Parent Information Center, at school
sites and online at www.manateeschools.net.
Along with their application, parents need to
provide identification, a certified birth certificate
for the child and complete the VPK Certificate of
Eligibility. COEs can be obtained from the Early
Learning Coalition of Manatee County, Inc., 3526
Ninth St. W., Bradenton.
Approval of applications is subject to enrollment
capacities and other demographic criteria.
For further information, call the Parent Informa-
tion Center at 941-708-4971, or visit www.manatee-
For more information regarding eligibility, con-
tact the Early Learning Coalition at 941-757-2900.
Anna Maria City
March 14, 6:30 p.m., environmental committee.
March 15, 7 p.m., work session.
March 22, 6 p.m., city commission.
March 29, 6 p.m., special city commission meet-
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
March 15, 1 p.m., city commission.
March 21, 1 p.m., community redevelopment.
March 21, 1:30 p.m., capital improvements proj-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
March 15, 10 a.m., code enforcement hearing.
March 20, 1 p.m., building code focus group.
March 22, TBD, board of adjustments.
March 27, 1 p.m., building code focus group.
March 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting and
March 28, 9 a.m., zoning and permitting focus
March 29, 10:30 a.m., rental agents and contracts
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
March 13, 9 a.m., county commission.
March 27, 9 a.m., county commission.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.org.
March 19, 2 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting at Anna Maria city hall.
March 21, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
meeting, Longboat Key town hall.
March 26, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota-Manatee Metropol-
itan Planning Organization board meeting at Sudakoff
Center at New College, 5845 General Dougher Place,
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 14, 2012 0 5-A
AM moratorium faces problem: What's the problem?
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria commissioners at the March 8 first read-
ing of an ordinance establishing a moratorium on review
and issuance of new building permits, couldn't decide
whether to proceed or drop the matter.
The moratorium resolution enacted Feb. 23 was
for "zoning in progress," said city attorney Jim Dye. It
allowed the city to halt issuance and review of building
permits while it establishes the moratorium ordinance.
But the problem, according to several commission-
ers, is that they don't know what constitutes the problem,
or need for the moratorium.
"I don't know what it is we're trying to solve," said
Commissioner Dale Woodland, after spending the past
two weeks studying the issues related to the Feb. 23
At the Feb. 23 commission meeting, Chair Chuck
Webb expressed concern that new single-family construc-
tion or remodeling might add more bedrooms to a vaca-
tion rental, thus bringing more tourists to the city.
He suggested that might create a hotel-like atmo-
sphere in some areas of the city.
The construction of multi-bedroom vacation prop-
erties might cause more noise violations, more garbage
left curbside and overflow parking on lawns and other
property owner's driveways, he suggested.
Webb said Holmes Beach has had a number of new
duplexes and single-family homes built recently with
multiple bedrooms that can be rented to several families
at the same time.
He noted that the house on a three-lot property at 60
N. Shore Drive was recently torn down. The lots could be
used to build three single-family dwellings with multiple
bedrooms that could be rented to large groups of people
at the same time.
"That's not enough of a problem for me," Woodland
said. "Anna Maria has always had rentals. What are we
trying to solve here?" he asked.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick agreed. She wasn't
sure if the city was trying to regulate vacation rentals or
have more enforcement of code violations at vacation
Woodland said the city can't regulate only vacation
rental properties. It must pass an ordinance to include all
residential housing, not just rentals.
Commissioner John Quam sided with Woodland and
"I just don't see a problem. Anna Maria is already 99
percent built out," he said, and no new duplex construc-
tion is allowed.
But Webb and Commissioner SueLynn said the city
needs to ensure homes with large numbers of bedrooms
don't proliferate as vacation rentals in the city.
Opponents of the moratorium, including Scott Eason,
co-owner of the three North Shore Drive lots, said he and
his family plan to sell only to families. One lot already
has been sold to a couple retiring to Anna Maria.
Eason said the couple assured him they want only to
live in the "peace and quiet" of Anna Maria.
Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration LLC said
the moratorium will put people out of work, as building
plans can't proceed while the moratorium resolution is
The city must either enact a moratorium ordinance
with an end date, or withdraw the resolution, he said.
Coleman said he couldn't see a problem, even with
houses with multiple bedrooms. They are everywhere in
the city already, he said.
Woodland agreed. He said he could go down any
street in the city and find houses with five or six or more
"It sounds like we're trying to pass a moratorium to
create a problem," he said.
Although it appeared the moratorium ordinance
might die, commissioners compromised.
They scheduled the second reading for 7 p.m. Thurs-
day, March 29, while adding a work session at 6 p.m.
Thursday, March 22, to discuss the reasons for the build-
residents to chat
Residents are invited to join Holmes Beach Com-
missioner Jean Peelen from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday
March 15, at Paradise Cafe, 3220 E. Bay Drive, Holmes
Peelen has said prior informal gatherings were pro-
ductive, and she again invites residents to "coffee with
the commissioner" to share concerns or chat about "life
in Holmes Beach."
For information, call Peelen at 941-896-5827.
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Mclslanders look forward
We're pleased to arrive at the week of St. Patrick's
Day. Some years back, we the newspaper spon-
sored a St. Patrick's Day breakfast, but as other events
became popular and interest waned for early risers, we
discontinued the event. We appreciate all the offerings
for celebrations by local restaurants and businesses.
And who doesn't love a parade? The St. Patty day
parade put on by the folks at the Beach Bistro is short
yet action-packed event. The streets are lined with green
- folks wearing green and the parade is filled with
bagpipers, musicians and celebrants, including, what
was only promised for some years, an elephant. And
sometimes a camel. And fun folks in golf carts, on
scooters, roller blades, skateboards ... whatever rolls.
But don't let the day confuse you. The Irish will
still be celebrating when the parade takes off at 4 p.m.
the day after St. Pat's day.... March 18.
Meanwhile, it seems we have become the "Isle of
Festivals," hosting all manner of events and entertain-
ment on Anna Maria Island. From beer fest to wedding
fest, and ( \ ) thing in between conga line, anyone?
- there seems no end to the attraction of visitors to our
What we lack in aquarium shows and visitor attrac-
tions things to do seems to be supplemented by
the festival factor.
For instance, it seemed the weekend Springfest
enjoyed record crowds. No word yet on whether artists
found the event fruitful, but there were people aplenty
walking the rows of outdoor booths. There were food
vendors, too, and you know they were busy when you
find Tyler's has run out of strawberry ice cream.
The entertainment was top notch, as evidenced by
crowds around the stage.
It's all good news when events such as this one,
benefitting the Anna Maria Island Art League and the
programs they provide, see such great success and good
weather, too, excepting a quick surprise shower Sunday
afternoon. It seemed all the elements were there for
So we hope for the same in the coming weeks,
for the Anna Maria Island Community Center Tour of
Homes on St. Patrick's Day, and the parade the fol-
lowing day. And for future festivals and events for
businesses, including the Bridge Street Market, which
has found a niche in "best of' food contests. Mac-and-
cheese, chili, hot wing challenges ... all to raise funds
for deserving nonprofits.
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as we look forward to a fine spring season on our isle.
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Thanks for courage
Remember: We the people for the people are not the
people for the individual. The commissioners of Anna
Maria had the courage to do the right thing.
I am seeing that all of the study groups are just a
way to stall the box-building problem. Once the build-
ers obtain their permits, it would not surprise me if the
commissioners then would have the courage to attempt
to do something about the huge duplex problems. In the
meantime the builders, we know who they are, mainly,
one or two, will keep right on destroying Holmes Beach
for the residents.
James Kojak, Anna Maria
My wife and I have vacationed regularly on Anna
Maria Island for 25 years. I've seen the over develop-
ment at other Florida beaches, including both coasts
and the Panhandle; as a result we don't think of going
to anyplace in Florida except AMI because of its char-
As year-round subscribers to The Islander, we
strongly agree with the letter writers and articles
assailing the large houses being built by developers
that clearly risk the unique ambiance of AMI. It was
encouraging to see an Anna Maria commissioner state,
"If we don't do something soon, we are going to kill
the golden goose."
Given that the people in power at the time had the
foresight to limit high-rises, I would strongly encourage
those now in such positions to have the wherewithal to
similarly address this current threat to this place that is
special to so many of us.
Bill Imfeld, Centerville, Ohio
Fight improper building
As a seasonal visitor to the Anna Maria area, I read
the Feb. 29 story on development with great interest.
I particularly noted the comment that "certain builders
out there ... they're not going to care if you fine them
for unpermitted work. It's only a $75-125 per incident
fee. They'll pay that, laugh and go on."
We hear similar comments in building boom
hotspots all over the United States. If local government
here is serious about dealing with it, they'll need to take
action. Raise the fines.
After the first five incidents, the fine doubles daily.
$100, $200, $400, $800, $1,600, $3,200 ... you get
the idea. Otherwise, you're just essentially legalizing
criminal behavior and slapping a modest surcharge on
it. Once these predators get a hold of your community,
you'll never get it back from them, and they'll make it
into a place you won't recognize.
Thomas Rice, Ham Lake, Minn.
Is there middle ground?
I am on my third vacation and third rental on Anna
Maria Island. That makes me a newcomer, I know.
At the same time, I'm a. li\ cl. i thinkiiin and looking
at the possibility of becoming a property owner, and
perhaps a permanent resident with time.
Reading the newspapers, one would think that all
renters are to be abhorred. To a certain extent, I am in
sympathy with the long-term residents. They would like
the Island to be free of traffic and always be able to find
a parking space close to the door at Publix.
At the same time, many of the residents are local
business people who benefit from tourism. Surely there
must be some middle ground. Does Anna Maria wel-
come visitors or not?
Towns that don't face growing pains are confront-
ing opposite problems, as schools close and other public
services are diminished.
The question for me: Is this the Island to call
Sylvia B. Temmer, Princeton, N.J.
Find us on
Flautist Betsy Hudson Traba and
harpist Cheryl Losey, members of the
Sarasota Orchestra, perform March
4for an audience of more than 200
guests at a free will offering concert at
Roser Memorial Community Church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. The duo
performed a variety of classical,
French and Argentine music. Islander
Photo Edna Tiemann
at GCW meeting
Gulf Coast Writers president Sylvia Price
presents the group's u(,trl,, 1 "As it is Writ-
ten II," to guest speaker Carolyne Norwood at
the March 7 meeting of the writers at the Island
Branch Library, Holmes Beach. Norwood of
Anna Maria is a founding member of the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society. She spoke of
early times on the Island and the beginnings of
the Society. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
speaks to Rotary
Anna Maria Island Rotary Club president-elect
Lynn Zemmer, right, takes the microphone from
Mary Ann Brockman, president of the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce. Brockman was
guest speaker at the March 6 Rotary Club meeting
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, Bradenton Beach.
Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
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T e Islander
Headline news from the March
13, 2002, issue of The Islander
The Florida Department of Transportation sched-
uled a public workshop April 4 in Holmes Beach to dis-
cuss an independent engineering report on the condition
of the 45-year-old Anna Maria Island Bridge. A DOT
spokesperson said the report had not been released to
the public pending an internal review. Routine main-
tenance may be all that's needed to keep the bridge
operating, but the report may call for a replacement
bridge, the DOT said.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce execu-
tive director Mary Ann Brockman was invited to attend
the 2002 Oscars by her son, Kevin Brockman, a TV
executive. The Islander held a voting contest to choose
Brockman's gown for the Oscar event and three lucky
voters won gift certificates.
Anna Maria city attorney Jim Dye said an art
sale held in late 2001 and advertised as a garage sale
should have obtained a special-use permit. Dye's answer
came in response to questions from city resident Rick
DeFrank, who wrote letters to the city claiming the event
needed a permit. Although garage sales are exempt from
a special-use permit, Dye said several artists sold new
paintings at the event, thus making it an event.
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March 7' 61 86 0
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March 10 61 85 0
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Bait-and-switch vacation scam arrives on AMI
By Rick Catlin
There are reasons vacationers might want to book
a vacation to Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and the
Manatee County area through a chamber of commerce
member, as a Canadian couple learned.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent Mary Ann Brockman said John and Holly Gazy of
Toronto showed up at the chamber office one morning
in early February and asked to know where the owner of
their rental property could be found.
Sorry, Brockman had to tell the couple. The owner
was not a chamber member.
Brockman then learned the full story.
The couple, who thought they could save some
money by renting online, found a picturesque three-bed-
room home on Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach advertised
and forwarded $6,000 one month's rent plus $3,850
deposit and $150 cleaning fee to the Missouri owner,
Upon arrival, however, Holly Gazy said she found
the house not the same house pictured in the online adver-
tisement. It "was a dump," with insects and bugs every-
where, she said.
"The ad said it was newly painted and carpeted, but
it wasn't. It smelled dirty and musty and I was afraid to
walk on the carpet. It was so dirty," Gazy said.
"The ad also said it was a three-bedroom with king,
queen and full-size beds. The third bedroom had an old
This home in the 2900 block of Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, was rented over the Internet by John and Holly
Gazy, but it is not the home advertised as a "luxurious
three-bedroom rental," said John Gazy, who learned
of the "switch" on his arrival to Anna Maria Island.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
futon, not a bed. I called the owner and all she would
refund was the $150 cleaning fee. She said if she rented it,
she would return some of the profit to us,'" Gazy said.
Gazy said she and her husband got a room at a main-
land hotel, then drove to the chamber's office the next
But Brockman did not have good news for the
"I told them I would try to find them a place to stay
for the month, but (\ .) hIllill was booked," Brockman
said. "I had to tell them they would have to deal with the
owner by themselves.
"This is what happens when you book online and not
through a chamber member or licensed rental agent. All
the major vacation rental agents on Anna Maria Island
and Longboat Key are members of a chamber," Brock-
Thankfully, the story has a happy end, except for the
Gazy's money, which is still being held by the Missouri
After much searching, Brockman was able to book
the couple into a Longboat Key resort for 30 days.
"We were delighted. (Brockman) really went out of
her way to help us," Holly Gazy said. I \ i\ limit's fine
now, except for our money. Next year, we will definitely
book through a chamber agent."
The moral of the story, Brockman said, is "Beware
of booking online with a property owner who has a good
deal on a great house." If a rental deal seems too good to
be true, it probably is, Brockman said.
"Our advice is to rent from a licensed real estate
agent who is a chamber member," Brockman said. "You
will get what you pay for and you'll have someone here
on the Island to help if you have problems."
Hauser was contacted for comment, but said she
would have to call back at another time, which had not
occurred by presstime for The Islander.
County, Island resort tax collections continue rise
By Rick Catlin
If resort tax collections are any barometer for tourism
to Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and the Bradenton
area, expect the number of visitors this winter season to
be well ahead of last year's count.
Resort tax collection amounts the 5 percent
charged by Manatee County on all accommodation rent-
als of six months or less jumped 10.7 percent in Janu-
ary compared with January 2011.
Resort taxes officially known as the Manatee
County Tourist Development Tax and often called the
bed tax are collected the month following payment
to hoteliers and vacation property owners, said Sue Sin-
quefield of the Manatee County Tax Collector's resort
tax division. The January amounts were collected at her
office in February and, as always, are due by the end of
Resort tax collections in January were $799,926,
compared with $704,377 collected in January 2011, up
10.7 percent, Sinquefield said.
"And January is traditionally a slow month for
accommodation rentals," she said.
With the many positive reports of tourism and spend-
ing increases for the Island and Longboat Key for Febru-
ary, Sinquefield said she anticipates collections to surpass
Holmes Beach led all areas in resort tax collections
in January 2012 with $212,747 or 27.6 percent of the
monthly collection, while Longboat Key collections that
month were $100,944.
Anna Maria resort tax collections were $60,301, and
Bradenton Beach had $56,594 in collections in January.
Combined, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key
contributed $431,587 in January resort tax collec-
tions, with unincorporated Manatee County providing
Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key resort tax col-
lections for the month were 55.3 percent of the total col-
lected. On an annual average, the Island and Longboat Key
contribute about 60 percent to the countywide resort tax.
Sinquefield said since the resort tax division
expanded its efforts to track down deadbeat vacation
property owners those who do not pay the 5 percent
bed tax collections have increased by more than 10
Collections for 2011 were $7.1 million, a record
amount since the resort tax was introduced in the
"While we don't set a goal to break our collection
amount every year, we do plan to remain pro-active in
our search for those who are avoiding the resort tax,"
One method employed by the tax collector to locate
unlicensed vacation rentals is a neighborhood sweep,
where agents go house-to-house to check on occupancy
and ownership. Those agents know which properties
already are registered as vacation rentals.
The owner of a vacation rental must be licensed by
the Florida Department of Professional and Business
Regulation, Manatee County and, usually, in the city
where the vacation property is located. Holmes Beach
requires all vacation properties to register and pay a busi-
Sinquefield said when a violator is discovered, that
owner must pay all back resort taxes and sales taxes as
calculated by the department. Additionally, the owner
could face disciplinary action from the Manatee County
Property Appraiser's Office if the property is home-
steaded, but used as a vacation rental.
\ ly advice to vacation property owners is follow all
the rules and requirements," Sinquefield said.
FISH looks forward post-board election
By Mark Young
Approximately 40 Florida Institute for Saltwater
Heritage members cast ballots alongside dozens of absen-
tee ballots at the annual board of directors election March
5, held at Fishermen's Hall, 4515 124th St. W., Cortez.
Dues-paying FISH members received ballots with
five candidates contending for board seats. The top four
people with the most votes would be declared as board
Vying to retain their seats were John Banyas, Kim
McVey, Jane von Hahmann, and Holmes Beach Commis-
sioner David Zaccagnino, along with board newcomer
Banyas, McVey, von Hahmann and Fischer went on
to receive the most votes, leaving Zaccagnino to exit the
"Thanks to everyone for letting me serve so long,"
Zaccagnino said following the election.
Zaccagnino received the lowest number of votes
with 72. Marshall was elected to the board with 98 votes.
Banyas received the highest number of votes with 143.
McVey and von Hahmann retained their seats with 141
and 138 votes respectively.
"I'm here to help and listen to everyone's ideas in the
community," said Banyas. "I think I can help FISH out
and do a good job. I'll work hard to get the job done."
Following the board of directors election, FISH
members cast ballots for board officers.
McVey retained her role as FISH president with 104
votes and no opposition. Joe Kane also was unopposed as
board secretary and retained his position with 109 votes.
Von Hahmann was unopposed as board treasurer and
retained her role with 103 votes.
The only contended position on the board was for
vice president, the position vacated by outgoing member
Zaccagnino. Bob Landry and Deb Ibasfalean both ran for
Ibasfalean won with 86 votes to Landry's 22.
FISH looks to future
Florida Maritime Museum manager Karen Riley-
Love said the museum will continue its support of FISH
efforts into the future. Riley-Love took over the manager
position in October 2011.
The county-owned museum is operated by the Mana-
tee County Clerk of Circuit Court office. While separate
from FISH, the two entities and the Cortez Historical
Society work together for common goals.
"We are working with FISH to get a number of
grants," she said. "Currently, one of those grants is for
$140,000-$150,000 to help move the preserve into the
vision FISH has for it."
Board treasurer von Hahmann reported on the FISH
financial status, which is primarily responsible for the
ongoing restoration efforts of the 95-acre FISH preserve
and organizing the annual Cortez Commercial Fishing
"It's time to sit down again and run our numbers and
prioritize our budget," she said. "It's important to remem-
ber we are nonprofit, so when we get money in, we need
to spend it on our programs. We do a pretty good job of
that. We spent all of it except $21,000 from last year."
Ibasfalean, chair for the facilities committee and new
vice-president, said, "We are continuing to renovate"
Ibasfalean said the renovation is slow due to being
short volunteers, but she said, "We have power, air con-
ditioning and are working on new doors. The women's
group also had $1,000 donated (by Manatee River Garden
Club) to get some landscaping done."
Discussions turned toward the preserve for much
of the meeting, with members and attendees expressing
concern over failed efforts to halt illegal dumping on
"Our number one priority in our budget is getting
the preserve secured," said McVey. "It's becoming a risk
and we are going to start losing the ability to get grants
because people are destroying the preserve. So, unfortu-
nately, it's going to have to be fenced, and at that point
we can move forward."
A conceptual plan for continued restoration efforts
on the preserve is currently on display at the museum,
4415 119th St. W., Cortez.
You're invited to 'Voice'
Entertainer Mike Sales, who beckons people to hear
his music with "Paradise Has a Soundtrack," invites locals
and tourists to be extras during the filming of his audition
video for the NBC television show, "The Voice."
Sales says he's taking the first step to the national
talent show, and he's inviting fans to join him 3-4 p.m.
Sunday, March 18, for his audition taping.
Manatee County, and most particularly, the Anna
Maria Island Beach Cafe, he says, are major components
in his career, so he plans on shooting his audition video at
the cafe, where the audience fits perfectly with his music
The AMI Beach Cafe is at the Manatee County
Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
In a March 7 story in The Islander, entitled "HB
commission says 'no' to moratorium," a quote should
have been attributed to Holmes Beach Commissioner
John Monetti, who said "a lot people are not here who
pound the nails."
Commissioner Pat Morton clarified that he is not in
favor of a moratorium, but he supported putting the item
on a future agenda for discussion.
Morton further said he did not complain of traffic
problems, but he did relate concerns expressed to him
by some merchants about overflow parking from Martini
Bistro-Fins Bar at the corner of Gulf Drive and Holmes
Boulevard affecting parking at nearby businesses.
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 14, 2012 U 9-A
HB code board to again hear Sorg
By Kathy Prucnell
No stranger to the code enforcement board, William
Sorg and his fourplex construction work at 3707 Gulf
Drive will be the subject of a 10 a.m. Thursday, March
15, Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board hearing.
A 2004 code enforcement action relating to faulty
balcony work at the same site led to a 2007 court action,
and a settlement in May 2011.
The settlement required Sorg pay a $2,800 fine to the
city, and a licensed contractor to perform certain work
on the residence by November 2011. The fine was paid
and the work performed, according to city and court
This time around, Sorg's problem with the city code
board relates to roof work for which there was no applica-
tion for a permit.
According to the city's case file report, building
inspector Bob Shaffer observed a delivery of roof shin-
gles Feb. 10 to the Gulf Drive address.
The city issued and posted a stop work order Feb.
14. The report states Sorg must pay triple permit fees and
obtain approvals by two certified professional engineers
for work performed.
Sorg was given until Feb. 25 to remedy his failure
to obtain a building permit for the roof work, which he
also failed to do.
The city noted the stop work order had been removed
Feb. 16, and Sorg was seen working on the roof, replac-
ing shingles Feb. 18. An additional stop work order was
posted Feb. 27.
In addition, according to the city report, Sorg main-
tains the property as a rental and, as such, the city code
requires the work be done by a state licensed and insured
At city hall earlier this month, Sorg said the media-
tion relating to the prior code enforcement case should
have settled the roofing issue as well. He claimed the roof
work he was doing was an emergency measure due to an
According to Shaffer and public works superinten-
dent Joe Duennes, however, the prior settlement did not
include the roof work. Duennes said the settlement agree-
ment also required all work be performed by a licensed
The city's report states, "Mr. Sorg argued that the
Florida state statute dictated a licensed contractor was
only needed if he were to sell the property.
"He claimed he shouldn't pay someone thousands of
dollars to do what he himself feels qualified to do," the
The code enforcement officer provided Sorg a copy
of the statute as it applies to rentals, and has asked Sorg
to answer at the hearing why he failed to get the necessary
The hearing will be held in chambers at city hall,
5801 Marina Drive.
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Artspace, a new art gallery and studio, will host a
grand opening reception 5-7 p.m., Friday, March 23,
above the post office in Anna Maria, 101 S. Bay Blvd.
After a ribbon-cutting at 5:30 p.m., complimentary wine
and desserts will be served.
A "Call to Artists" has gone out to the community for
submissions of original artwork, made of recycled objects
in a format no larger than 5 inches in any dimension.
The deadline for the miniature artwork submissions
is March 18.
At the reception, people will have an opportunity to
choose their favorite artwork from those submitted, and
a people's choice award will be announced at 6:30 p.m.,
along with a prize giveaways.
Artspace's philosophy is that everyone is an artist at
heart, according to one of the founding artists, Deborah
Quite a few entries from Anna Maria already have
been delivered, and some people have come in to work
on their art, Webster said.
"I'm expecting at least 50-plus pieces," she added.
And thus far, art entries have included work from new
and established artists locally and from around the coun-
"This theme allows us to reach out to the community.
We've received great responses already," Webster said.
Currently working in the studio are Webster, an
abstract painter who uses recycled materials; Lex Hala-
Road to D.C.
De Soto National Memorial
Ranger Scott Pardue, left, poses
with some park staff and high
school students. The students,
who represent local high schools
on the De Soto National Memo-
rial Youth Advisory Council, are
accompanying Pardue on spring
break to Washington, D.C., to
visit memorials managed by
the National Park Service for
the launch of the National Park
Foundation's "Ticket to Ride," a
program to provide student trans-
portation to America's national
parks. De Soto, along with other
national parks, will receive fund-
ingfor local student field trips
through the program. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Kim Nuygen
kan, a pastel artist; Rita Payne, a palette-knife oil painter;
and Joanne Taylor Brown, a ceramic artist.
A wide range of activities are planned at the studio
including luncheons, guest speakers, art receptions,
classes and workshops. The studio-gallery is open 11
a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
For more information, call Webster at 941-840-
Artists Lex Halakan, Joanne Taylor Brown, Debo-
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studio-gallery Artspace above the post office at 101 S.
Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. The studio will host an open-
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Anyone interested in offering food, art or crafts at the
Holmes Beach City Fest event need only call the Anna
Maria Chamber of Commerce.
A call for artists and food vendors is going out from
the organizers of the April 13-14 City Fest, A Holmes
Beach Founders Day Celebration.
The event will include two days of music and events
for young and old, a classic car show, children's play area
and plenty of food and refreshments.
Mary Ann Brockman, president of the chamber, said
the event will feature an "Island Fine Arts" section, a
separate area for food and another area for craft ven-
dors with some 20 assorted fun and crafty exhibits being
Already attracting nine food vendors, she's looking
for more. And the chamber needs volunteers to serve in
its beer tent and other duties at the festival.
For more information or to sign up, call Brockman
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Author Andy Little will present his newest book-
"Wheeler's Wake, Volume II" an autobiographical
sequel to his previous novel at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March
14, in the continuing series sponsored by Friends of the
Island Library, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Volume II of Wheeler's Wake is a look back at Lit-
tle's early life, growing up in Canada, his teenage and
college years, and the sudden death of his parents while
Little was in college.
Little, who was born in Detroit, knew he didn't want
to follow his father's footsteps. His father, Willis, was a
pioneer in developing radio and television broadcasting
The novel is Little's story as a young man unsure
of himself or his life, suffering the early loss of both his
mother and father, and finding the love of his life, future
Little wound up in journalism, then broadcasting. He
eventually became a producer for the Canadian Broad-
casting Company documentary series "On the Road,
Again," about ordinary people, places and things.
Little's other books include "On the Road Again...
Again," "A Way with Words," "Before Whispers Become
Silence," "Time Exposures," and "Wheeler's Wake
Little and wife Dolce have been regular Island winter
residents for 25 years and volunteers at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
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The Anna Maria Island Art League, which sponsors
the annual Springfest celebration of art in Holmes Beach
announced the winners of the March 10-11 event.
John Cheer, who works in clay and glass won best
Awards of distinction went to Lori Rosenbeger (jew-
elry), Werner Holzbaur (wood), Jay Canterbury (photog-
raphy), Carl Schneider (jewelry), Renee Davis (jewelry),
Cory Cavanah (photography), Ann McCain (fiber), Lori
Oiling (jewelry) and Helen Howard (watercolor).
As part of the annual event, the Art League sponsors
a Young at Art exhibit where elementary through high
school aged students can show their work.
Winners of the elementary-age Young at Art exhibit
were first prize Mikey Goethe, second prize Napoleon
Harris and third prize Bella Rosa. Raeanne Fath was
named as an honorable mention winner.
Middle-school winners include first prize to Jarvis
Henry, second prize Anabel Martinez and third prize
Skylar Rose. Ykita Blanco and Lucas Naranjo each
claimed honorable mentions.
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The March 10-11 Springfest arts and crafts show
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to peruse. Sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Art
League, the annual event features artists from Florida
and other states. Islander Photos: Mark Young
The March 10-11
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Island Time Bar and Grill won the March 11 hot wing
challenge at the Bridge Street Market, 107 Bridge
Street, Bradenton Beach, where six local cooks and
chefs vied for bragging rights. Pictured are, from left,
Bridge Street Market manager Melissa Enders, third
place; Justin Bear, Stacy Quaid, C(,i Smargisso of
Banana Cabana, second place; and Island Time Bar
and Grill owner Bill Herlihy, first place. Islander
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By Mark Young
There are still parts of the world where folks think
Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken is a high-
ranking U.S. military official.
While that line of thinking is flawed, the chicken hot
wings presented by six local cooks and chefs were not.
Approximately 100 people donated $5 to partake in the
March 11 Bridge Street Market hot wing challenge.
Each month, the Bridge Street Merchants Association
sponsors a food challenge, with proceeds going to select
charities. Tasters donate $5 for a token "vote" and sample
each offering. The cook or representative from a local
restaurant with the most tokens is declared the winner.
Bridge Street Market manager Melissa Enders chose
Manasota Buds to be this month's recipient, which totaled
$500 in donations.
"We are always happy for not just the financial sup-
port, but for the community support," said Manasota Buds
executive director Stacy Quaid. "We will use these funds
... for our annual October Buddy Walk, scholarships to
camp, (horseback) therapy, and several other programs
for children and young adults with Down Syndrome."
Quaid said her organization, now in its 10th year,
also works with family members of people with Down
Enders said local home cooks and restaurants have
brought a lot of enthusiasm to the challenges, but the
real thrill is being able to help out the selected charities.
However, there are bi.Iin, rights on the line.
Winning the hot wing challenge was Island Time
Bar and Grill. Taking second place honors was Banana
Cabana and Enders captured third. Other participants
included Lorraine Jordan, Bridge Street Bistro and the
The Bridge Street Market is open every Sunday from
10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The market includes live entertain-
ment and vendors showcasing produce, arts and crafts,
and food and refreshments.
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Annie Silver Community Center president Linda Yarger
points to clippings and photographs chronicling the
center's history. The center is preparing for its 60th
anniversary celebration March 16. Annie Silver spear-
headed the startup of the center in the 1950s. Islander
Photo: Mark Young
Bradenton Beach center
celebrates 60 years
A day of activities is in store March 16 to celebrate
the 60th year of Annie Silver Community Center, 103
23rd St., Bradenton Beach.
An open house 3-5 p.m. will feature games, a garden
tour, book sale and more.
The event will include a dinner served 5-7 p.m.,
including pulled pork, baked beans, cole slaw, dessert
and drinks for $5.
Community members have made many memories at
the center named after the first postmaster of Bradenton
Beach, according to event organizer Linda Yarger.
Paul and Sandra Stevens held their reception at the
center 50 years ago. The Stevens will return April 14 to
celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, said Yarger who
also was married at Annie Silver.
Another historical tidbit was reported by Richard
Howitt, an Island resident, who told Yarger his father
was one of the people who helped build the center in the
Art contest deadline nears
A deadline to submit artwork is fast approaching for
a competition to provide 14 images for the Anna Maria
Island Artists' Guild 2013 calendar, "The Best of Anna
Digital photographs of artwork are to be submitted
March 15-20 at the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. E-mail entries should be titled "2013
Island Calendar Entry'" and sent to judy@baylakepub-
lishing.com. There is a limit of four entries per person.
There is a $10 per entry fee for guild members, and
$15 for non-members, which must accompany each entry.
Payment must be received by March 20.
A portion of the proceeds go to the Artists' Guild
mission to educate, promote and encourage cultural and
charitable artistic endeavors.
For information, call Judy Strom at 941-761-1132 or
Center offers jewelry class
Learn to make beaded jewelry, and be the envy of
Instructor Gayle Sacks will be holding a jewelry-
making class 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria.
The class fee is $50 for members, and $60 for non-
members. Class-size is limited.
For more information or to sign up, call Sandee
Pruett at 941-778-1908, ext. 0
Porch party benefits pantry
The various boutiques and stores on Pine Avenue in
Anna Maria will host porch parties 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday,
March 16, offering food, refreshments and live music.
Guests are encouraged to bring food donations for
the Roser Memorial Community Church food pantry to
any of the participating open house venues.
For more information on the monthly third Friday
porch parties, contact the Anna Maria Olive Oil Outpost
Acclaimed organist to
A concert to dedicate the church's new organ will
feature organist Rudolph A. Lucente at 3 p.m. Sunday,
March 18, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
There is no charge for the concert, but a free will
offering be requested.
A meet-the-artist champagne reception will follow
in the church fellowship hall.
Lucente is affiliated with the Allen Organ Company,
which provided the new digital element for Gloria Dei's
organ. He is a music and liturgy consultant at St. Rose
Catholic Church in North Wales, Pa., and also holds
positions as assistant organist for the Wanamaker Grand
Court Organ at the former Wanamaker department store,
now Macy's, in Philadelphia.
He also is completing the tonal finishing of the largest
custom Allen Elite series organ at St. Andrew's Church
in Roanoke, Va.
He is a member of the Philadelphia Organ Quartet,
an ensemble performing music arranged for four organs,
and appears frequently as a recitalist and church music
A church musician for more than four decades,
Lucente studied with Keith Chapman, former organist
of the Wanamaker Organ, and worked with Armenian
composer Richard Yardumian. Since their deaths, he has
devoted much of his attention to the preservation and
performance of their works.
Among Lucente's recordings, his "Christmas at
Atlanta's Fabulous Fox" has received acclaim from
listeners and reviewers alike, and is featured annually
during the Christmas season on National Public Radio.
For more information, call David Stasney at 941-
778-1813 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Faris shows examples of her fiber art.
demos fiber art
Artist Nancy Faris will demonstrate fiber-art tech-
niques 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 17, at Island Gal-
lery West in the S&S Shopping Plaza, 5368 Gulf Drive,
The event is free and open to the public.
No reservations are accepted and seating is first come
For more information, call 941-778-6648 or go
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Irish author John McGaher once said of optimism,
\ ly favorite optimist was an American who jumped
off the Empire State Building, and as he passed the
42nd floor, the window washers heard him say, 'So far,
Optimism is ingrained in the Irish culture. Despite
centuries of hardship faced by the Irish people, there is
always a desire to celebrate life. And what better way
to celebrate Irish enthusiasm than the 15th annual St.
Patrick's Day parade at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18.
While the parade is taking place the day after St.
Patrick's Day, parade sponsor and owner of Beach
Bistro Sean Murphy said he aims to celebrate without
being in the way of a busy tourist season.
"We try to organize the parade so it will have the
least amount of impact on tourists and Island busi-
nesses," said Murphy, who noted similar reasoning
for the parade's route.
The parade will assemble at 4 p.m. at the Eat Here
restaurant on the corner of Marina and Gulf drives,
at the Eat Here restaurant and travel north on Marina
Drive, ending near Gloria Dei Church on Palm Drive
at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Murphy said the route of the parade would allow
traffic to flow along Gulf Drive without much issue.
This year's parade is being co-sponsored by the
Major League Baseball Pittsburgh Pirates organiza-
tion. Players and the team's mascot will be joining the
"The Pirates have always been supportive of Island
activities," said Murphy. "Their players have been
coming here since the 1950s. I help them out with a
lot of their charities, so they wanted to be a part of the
Judy the elephant, Omar the camel, high school
bands, musicians, floats, the AMI Privateers and lepre-
chauns all will be featured in the parade, which drew an
estimated 15,000 people last year, according to Murphy.
He said it has grown larger each year.
"The idea was conceived in the Beach Bistro bar
and it began with one float," said Murphy. "It was a
landscape trailer painted green and I had my children
on it. We drove through the middle of town and no one
knew we were coming."
Humble beginnings for a parade that now draws
thousands, but the spirit of why Murphy first launched
a parade to celebrate his heritage has not been forgot-
\ ly wife and I started this for our children," he
said. "Now it's for all the children on this Island. The
adults like it, too, but it's always been about the chil-
Murphy's Beach Bistro is included in Zagat and
Survey's Top Restaurants in America and is in Flor-
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received numerous Wine Spectator awards.
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SoulRCoaster members put
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Holmes Beach. Band mem-
bers, left to right, are bass
guitarist James Klein; bass
guitarist and singer Si, I i
Nadelman; drummer Joe
Hornberger; and guitarist
and 20-year Islander Tony
Rizzo. Not pictured is key-
board player Mike Poncelet.
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copy of his book,
which tells the back story of the primary election
campaigns of candidates Richard M. Daley, Harold
Washington and Jane Byrne, and the general election
contest between Bernie Epton and Washington. Nolan
says he 'focuses on the human folly so often involved
in American politics." The book is now available
online at amikapress.com or Amazon.com. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
Roser installs guild officers
The Rev. Gary Batey, left rear, of Roser Memorial
Community Church installs 2012-13 Roser Memorial
Guild board officers, Eileen Micho, left, Ginger Huhn,
Priscilla Seewald, Lynda Stringer, Margo Kingsley
and Peggy Nash at a January birthday party luncheon.
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Wednesday, March 14
4:30-6:30 p.m. Wine tasting to benefit the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, Harry's Continental Kitchen Gourmet Deli and
Wine Shop, 5600 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
6 p.m. All-Island Denominations Lenten program based on
parable of Prodigal Son, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1638
11:30 a.m. Off-Stage Ladies March luncheon, BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Infor-
Thursday, March 15-Sunday, April 1
Various times- Island Players perform "The Solid Gold Cadil-
lac," 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-
Friday, March 16
1-3 p.m. Book signing, "Facing the Sea," by author Pierre
Chattion, Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf Drive,
3-7 p.m. 60th year celebration of Annie Silver Community
Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information:
Saturday, March 17
10 a.m.-noon. Fiber art demonstration at Island Gallery West,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: call 941-778-6648.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. 19th annual Island Tour of Homes, benefiting
the Anna Maria Community Center. Fee applies. Information: 941-
779-1908, ext. 0.
6p.m. St. Patrick's Day dinner and dance party, St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies.
Sunday, March 18
4-5:30 p.m. Beach Bistro's 15th Annual St. Patrick's Day
Parade, beginning in Holmes Beach at corner of Marina and Gulf
drives and ending at Palm Drive and 79th Street, Holmes Beach.
9 and 11 a.m. "The Living Last Supper" cantata, Roser
Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
3 p.m. Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
performs "Afternoon with Amadeus," CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
3 p.m. Organ dedication concert, Gloria Dei Lutheran, 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
Monday, March 19
Noon -Anna Maria Island Democratic Club, Contemporary
IssuesAffecting the Middle East, speaker Tom Boeke, BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Infor-
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club ofAnna Maria Island meetings
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
Tuesday, 1-2 p.m., coffee and conversations for seniors at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
First Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Pier Regulars meet at the Rod
& Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., VFW Post No. 8199 meets
at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
*Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes
in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Wednesday, March 14-May 2, 2:30-4 p.m., Meditation
classes, Lifelong Learning Academy On Anna Maria Island, Anna
Maria Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, Informa-
tion: 941-359-4296 or Sanchia: 941-779-1392.
Thursday, 5-7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street
Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Information: 215-
Thursday through March, Bingo at Annie Silver Commu-
nity Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-
Friday, SeniorAdventures Group meets for outings to various
locations. Information: 941-962-8835.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach,
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Maria. Islander Photo:
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Saturday through March 18, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Anna Maria
Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra rehearsals at Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street Market hosted by
Bridge Street Merchants, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Palma Sola Botanical Park plants, antiques
and crafts sales event, Palma Sola Park, 9800 17th Ave. NW, Bra-
denton. Information: 941-761-2866.
March 21, All-Island Denominations, Lenten program, Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive.
March 23, Artspace grand opening, reception for artists, 101
S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
March 23, Bob Brown art reception at the Studio at Gulf and
Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
March 24, St. Bernard Council of Catholic Women, Half-day
of Reflection, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
March 25, Katherine Alexandra benefit concert for Longboat
Island Chapel, Longboat Key.
March 31, Affaire to Remember, fundraiser for the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
Save the Date:
*April 13-14, Island Cityfest- a Holmes Beach Founders Day
Celebration, Holmes Beach field.
*April 28, AME Spring Fling.
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The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orches-
tra will perform "Afternoon with Amadeus," at 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 18, at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The performance will include Symphony No. 23,
K.181, D major, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozoart; arias
and duets from Don Giovanni, the Marriage of Figaro,
Non Cosi Fan Tutte, and feature soloists Joy Leitner,
Robert Lischetti and Robert Parrish.
Following intermission, patrons will enjoy Serenade
No. 11, K. 375, with orchestra soloists Michelle Nico-
lette and Mary Lou Koulman on oboe, Karen Klages and
Robert Notari on clarinet, Cheryle Naberhaus and Mary
Phillips on French horn, and Leonard Murphy and James
Stoltie on bassoon.
A performance of Mass K, 262, C Major, will feature
soloists Leitner, Martha DiPalma, Lischetti and Parrish.
Tickets are available at the Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
online at www.amicco.org, and by calling 941-778-8585
and at the door.
Palma Sola park plans
spring plant sale
The spring Palma Sola Botanical Park plant, antique
and craft sales event will be held 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday,
March 17, at the park, 9800 17th Ave. NW, Bradenton.
Featured will be vendors of plants, garden-related
items, antiques and crafts, plus grilled food and drinks,
music and children's activities.
Admission is free.
For more information, call 941-761-2866 or e-mail
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All Island Denominations, an alliance of Anna Maria
Island churches, will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March
14, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church to continue a Lenten
program based on the parable of the Prodigal Son.
The session will begin with a soup and bread supper,
followed by a discussion of Henri Nouwen's book "The
Return of Prodigal Son." The group also will use Rem-
brandt's painting of the Prodigal Son in their study.
The series continues at 6 p.m., March 21, with the
same format at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The church will offer a
5:20 p.m. service preceding the meeting.
Close to 80 people attended the first session of the
series Feb. 29.
The public is welcome. For more information, call
Pam League at 941-778-1638.
Concert set to benefit
Mix Sarah Brightman with Celine Dion. Add a pinch
of Bach and Bernstein. Sprinkle a dash of jazz and con-
temporary love songs. It's a recipe for a concert to benefit
facility and roof improvements at the Longboat Island
Classical pianist and vocalist Katherine Alexandra,
with a three-and-a-half-octave vocal range, and keyboard
virtuoso, jazz arranger and composer Alex Dilan will per-
form at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 25, at Longboat Island
Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
A wine and cheese reception follows the concert.
Tickets a $20 donation is requested are avail-
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"The Living Last Supper" will be presented at the
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disciples, and seven anthems will be performed by the
church choir and orchestra.
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WMFR academy drills stress firefighter safety
By Kathy Prucnell
"Ladders 129, 141, Engine 111, Cedar Hammock
231, Bradenton 32, structure fire, multi-unit residen-
tial with entrapment at 10350 Cortez, Box 12011, 1858
hours," the emergency communications dispatcher called
out over Manatee County public safety department radios
at 6:58 p.m. March 6.
The dispatcher was calling the ladder and engine
trucks and personnel staged at the nearby Bank of
America parking lot to the West Manatee Fire Rescue
Citizen Fire Academy at Station 2 in Cortez.
"This is not a show," said WMFR board president
Randy Cooper in introducing the third class of a six-
session academy where the public is learning alongside
firefighters in training.
"This is real, live training. I hope these guys are care-
ful," he said.
WMFR Capt. Tom Sousa, Chief Andy Price and
Battalion Chief Rich Losek led firefighters and a class
of about 20 citizens through a simulated multi-unit resi-
dential fire with a trapped victim, downed firefighter and
an extrication from a crashed vehicle.
Inspector Jim Davis oversaw a group of three WMFR
cadets, Jamison Urch, Quinn Campbell and Caleb Losek.
They assisted in roles of victims and firefighters. Davis
said cadets are recruited for a program he offers to inter-
ested high school students.
While no flames erupted from the simulated emer-
gency, firefighters arrived on the scene minutes after the
dispatch of engines and ladder trucks, sirens blaring and
Three districts, West Manatee, Bradenton and Cedar
Hammock were called to the simulation. Had it been a
true emergency, depending on the severity and location,
the resources of four districts including Longboat
Key may have been called in, according to Sousa and
Each crew is given specific tasks of fire attack, ven-
tilation and search and rescue, Sousa said.
A battalion of 13 participants donned the same gear
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Within a half hour, firefighters successfully rescued
one victim trapped behind a wall in the structure, only
to hear shortly thereafter, "Mayday, Mayday" over the
"That's one of our guys in trouble," interpreted Sousa
for the attendees. The battalion chief then encouraged the
"downed" firefighter to flash his light and make noise
so rescuers could locate him. Sousa said firefighters are
trained in the event they are injured to conserve their
breathing, and to identify the "who, what and where" of
their own emergency.
After the building fire was successfully extinguished,
the victim and firefighter both rescued, darkness fell, and
firefighters turned to a crashed vehicle for a second exer-
"Did anyone see anyone running?" WMFR Fire
Chief Andy Price quizzed the class. "Well, you shouldn't
have. Did you see what they're carrying?"
Running firefighters create a safety hazard, he pointed
out. Firefighters carry chain saws, sharp tools, weighty
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"You will see them move at a steady, firm pace," he
Another safety measure for firefighters is the rapid
intervention team. According to Price, state law requires
a team of two firefighters outside for each team of two
inside. Under the RIT rules, firefighters must fight the fire
outside until the required number of firefighters arrive.
"That's really tough on the guys," Price said, when
they're the first to arrive on a scene. "There's one excep-
tion," he said, "if they know there's someone inside."
Price also told the class about the "15-minute mark,"
requiring each unit to take a timely account of its crew.
Sousa added that if a firefighter is motionless for 20
seconds, an alarm sounds in the firefighter's pack.
A well-known tale resulted from 9/11, he said, when
"the alarms kept going off" after the buildings collapsed.
Amid the rubble, he said, "you could hear the alarms."
WMFR's training facility was recently purchased at
a considerable savings as a result of Sousa's research,
Price said. A $450,000 facility had been considered, but
the structure that fit the training needs was built from
seven shipping containers, and cost just $15,000.
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Absconded sex offender returned to county
Island police blotter
Feb. 27, 300 block of Pine Avenue, petit theft. The
complainant rode his bicycle to a store and entered the
business to make a purchase. Upon exiting the store, his
bicycle was gone. A Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy
responded to the call and obtained a description of a man
who had been sitting in a chair outside the business. Upon
investigating, the deputy learned the suspect had left his own
bicycle across the street. The deputy secured the suspect's
bicycle and notified the Holmes Beach Police Department.
Within an hour, HBPD made contact with the suspect, and
detained him for identification. According to the police
report, the suspect was intoxicated, but functional, and said
he must have grabbed the wrong bicycle by mistake. Upon
being identified by the complainant, the suspect admitted
taking the bicycle.
March 3, 9800 block of Gulf Drive, petit theft. A
MCSO deputy responded to a complainant who said his
daughter and a friend had ridden their bikes to a local
business. While inside the establishment eating ice cream,
the two bicycles were stolen.
March 3, 100 N. Bay Blvd, domestic disturbance.
While on patrol, a MSCO deputy observed a group of
four people making hand gestures at one another in an
apparent aggressive manner. The deputy made contact
with the group and learned they were hearing impaired,
and had been using sign language. However, the deputy
learned a male and female involved in the conversation
were arguing about who would sit where in the group's
vehicle. Since the couple were involved in an intimate
relationship, the deputy documented the incident as a
domestic disturbance. Further investigation revealed that
the vehicle's owner had a suspended license.
March 2, 200 block of Gladiolus, assist. MSCO
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Douglas E. Mullaney, 40, of Holmes Beach, was
extradited from Oregon to Manatee County last week
and is currently in the county jail on $25,000 bond, said
Detective Brian Hall of the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
Mullaney, a convicted sex offender, left his Key
Royale address about two months ago without notify-
ing authorities of any change of address as required by
were able to successfully free the child by using dish
soap as a lubricant. The deputy reported the incident, "as
a freak accident," with no further action needed.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
No new reports.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
March 3, 7500 block of Gulf Drive, drugs. A
Holmes Beach police officer observed a female driving
erratically, and conducted a traffic stop. Upon approach-
ing the vehicle, the officer reported the smell, "as what I
kno%\\ tllii ugh past experience and training, as the aroma
of burned marijuana." The suspect denied she had any-
thing illegal in her vehicle, and gave permission to have
her vehicle searched. The officer located a small grinder
with marijuana residue, a pipe with burned marijuana
inside, and a small, plastic bag containing 2.2 grams
of marijuana. Jeanna Mehrhoff, 29, of Holmes Beach,
admitted ownership of all items and was issued a notice
to appear in court.
March 5, 5900 block of Marina Drive, criminal
mischief. Police responded to the city skate park where
the fencing had been vandalized. The amount of damage
was estimated at $500. The investigation continues.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives
from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police
departments and Manatee County S', i ,rf's Office.
At that time, Holmes Beach police were investigating
Mullaney and his sister, Christine Ueltschi, in connection
with a Holmes Beach burglary.
Mullaney was arrested Feb. 5 in
Oregon and charged with possession of
A methamphetamines and failure to reg-
ister as a sex offender. In addition to
the burglary, he was wanted by HBPD
in connection with defrauding a pawn-
broker and for leaving the state without
Mul y advising the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement of his whereabouts.
Hall said Mullaney was returned
to Manatee County Sheriff's Office cus-
tody March 1.
The MCSO website lists three bond
amounts for Mullaney: $25,000, $2,500
Ueltschi and $120.
HBPD and other law enforcement officers are still
looking for Mullaney's sister, who has an outstanding
warrant in connection with the same burglary as her
Hall said Ueltschi was last believed to be in Ken-
Anyone with information on Ueltschi's whereabouts
is asked to call Hall at 941-708-5804.
To report information on a felony crime, call
Manatee County Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
To report information on an Island crime, call
the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Anna Maria
substation, 941-708-8899; Bradenton Beach police,
941-778-6311; Holmes Beach police, 941-708-
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By Rick Catlin
Perico developer receives
Harbour Grand Retreat on Perico Island, part of the
Harbour Isle townhome subdivision was named overall
winner for a multi-family dwelling of less than four units
in the annual Parade of Homes competition for 2012.
Harbour Isle is being developed by Minto Communities
of Florida LLC, with offices in Tampa and Fort Lauder-
Harbour Grand won first place in category for best
curb appeal, kitchen, master suite, floor plan and archi-
tectural detail, and first place in its category for green
Gibraltar Homes-Sandpiper at Bougainvillea Place
won best curb appeal in the SFR-2 category, while Neal
Communities of LLC, developers of Hawthorne Park in
northwest Bradenton, received multiple awards in various
The annual Parade of Homes is sponsored by the
Home Builders Association of Manatee and Sarasota
For more information on Harbour Isle, call 941-896-
Challenge registration open
Registration is now open for the March 24-25 Long-
boat Key Challenge and Family Fun Day sponsored by
the Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Circle Cham-
oer of Commerce.
The event will be held at Bayfront Park and Recre-
ation Center, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Chamber representative Dawn Mims said March 24
events are family oriented and food and entertainment
will be provided.
A 6-mile paddle race and a 24-mile paddle race
around Longboat Key will be held March 25. Various
classes in the races include single or double-seat row-
boats, kayaks and stand-up surfboards, among others.
Volunteers, sponsors and vendors also are needed, a
chamber press release said.
Registration can be done online at www.longboat-
keychallenge.com or by calling 941-383-2466.
Island chamber events
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will hold
its monthly sunrise breakfast at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday,
March 14, at the Feast Restaurant, 5406 Marina Drive,
Cost of the breakfast is $8 and reservations are
required. Members are urged to bring a guest.
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hold its monthly business card exchange, including prize
drawings, refreshments and light bites at Big Fish Real
Estate, 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Cost of the event is $5 and members are encouraged
to bring a guest. Reservations are recommended, but not
For more information or to make a reservation for
either event, call 941-778-1541.
Tropic Isle resort to reopen
Following more than two months of renovations
and improvements under new ownership, the grand
reopening of the Tropic Isle Beach Resort, 101 22nd
St., Bradenton Beach, will be celebrated starting at 5
p.m. Wednesday, March 14.
New owner David Teitelbaum said the resort has a
"new look and feel" that fits the ambiance of Anna Maria
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the event.
Appetizers, beverages and entertainment by Mike
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Bradenton Beach, and 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Long-
boat Key, recently named Jennifer Summerals as its top
listing agent for February at the Anna Maria Island office,
while Jerry Cunningham took the honor for LBK.
The top sales agent at the AMI office for February
was Carol Codella, with Teresia Bradford capturing that
honor at the LBK office.
For more information, call 941-727-2800.
Island real estate sales
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
202 72nd St., Holmes Beach, a 3,813 sfla / 4,982 sfur
8bed/52bath/2car pool home built in 2009 on a 59x105
lot was sold 02/17/12, Kaleta to Poseidon Adventures
LLC for $1,050,000; list $1,295,000.
661 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,487 sfla /
3,319 sfur 31),d 3.biii'2car bayfront home built in 1972
on a 100x150 lot was sold 02/15/12, Riley to Bauman
for $900,000; list $1,149,000.
604 Hampshire Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,652 sfla /
2,607 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built
in 1972 on a 95x105 lot was sold 02/10/12, Maciver to
Kitterman for $562,000; list $614,900.
127 47th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,650 sfla / 1,851 sfur
31kd 3. llt'lcar pool home built in 2011 on a 55x100 lot
was sold 02/24/12, 47th Street Coastal Cottages LLC for
Wilson for $525,000; list $549,000.
314 60th St., Unit B, Casa Del Mare IV, Holmes
Beach, a 2,356 sfla / 3,705 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car land
condo built in 2007 was sold 02/23/12, Prieto to Bartone
106 Seventh St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 2,912 sfla /
3,270 sfur 8bed/7bath multiplex with pool built in 1945
on a 100x100 lot was sold 02/24/12, McCormick 103
LLC to McPaul for $410,000.
704 Rose St., Anna Maria, a 1,050 sfla / 1,517 sfur
2bed/2bath home built in 1983 on a 50x100 lot was sold
02/16/12, Palika Ventures LLC to Mas Rental LLC for
$395,000; list $399,000.
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 14, 2012 2 21-A
Wedding festival tunes up for May event
By Rick Catlin
Plans for the fifth annual Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce Wedding Festival are well under way, said
organizer Deb Wing of the chamber, and she hopes this
year's event is the best ever because of the May time slot
and the interest thus far.
Instead of holding the festival in February as in prior
years, when bridal shoppers found it difficult to obtain
401 75th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,710 sfla / 2,034
sfur 3bed/2bath/ Icar home built in 1973 on a 102x85 lot
was sold 02/22/12, Fernald to 401 75th Street LLC for
$370,000; list $395,000.
1800 Gulf Drive N., Unit 109, La Costa, Bradenton
Beach, a 952 sfla / 1,088 sfur 2bed/12bath condo with
shared pool built in 1979 was sold 02/24/12, Cadence
Bank to Hinkelman for $347,800.
402 71st St., Holmes Beach, a 2,183 sfla / 2,867
sfur 3bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1965 on a 95x87 lot
was sold 02/17/12, Termini to Darby for $315,000; list
7101 Gulf Drive, Unit 1A, Villas on Anna Maria
Island, Holmes Beach, a 580 sfla / 758 sfur lbed/lbath
condo built in 1980 was sold 02/21/12, Anna Maria Acqui-
sition and Development LLC to Cohn for $300,000.
2502 Gulf Drive N., Unit 103, Club Bamboo, Bra-
denton Beach, a 693 sfla lbed/lbath condo with shared
pool built in 1975 was sold 02/16/12, Kreps to Aqua
Props LLC for $297,500.
5200 Gulf Drive, Unit 102, Martinique Condomin-
ium Apartments South, Holmes Beach, a 832 sfla / 934
sfur lbed/lbath condo with shared pool built in 1970
was sold 02/14/12, Nimro to Gardner for $291,500; list
5505 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,652 sfla / 2,033
sfur 3bed/3bath home built in 1966 on a 75x106 lot was
sold 02/17/12, Bank of New York to Shuett for $290,505;
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
accommodations on the Island, the event was moved to
May 5-6 to get "heads in beds," Wing said.
Advance reservations for the event are going well,
although, she said, in the past, many attendees have
waited until a few weeks or days before the festival to
register. That's a big reason why it's hard to give a good
estimate on how many people will attend, but Wing said
she expects at least as many as last year, when 500 people
attended the two-day February affair.
Unlike last year, which was the first attempt by the
chamber to expand the festival to a two-day event, Wing
said it should not be difficult for bridal parties who start
planning now to find accommodations on Anna Maria
Island in early May.
"We're definitely looking to go over last year's
number this year," she said.
The festival's marketing campaign kicks into high
gear in April with newspaper, television and magazine
advertising in target areas, such as Tampa-St. Petersburg,
Bradenton, Sarasota and Orlando.
Registration will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5,
at the chamber office at 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
A number of guests are pre-registering online at www.
amiweddingfestival.com, Wing said.
Activities during the day include the Food and Wine
on Pine food festival in Anna Maria, and an informal
party Saturday evening at Fins Bar at the Martini Bistro,
5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
On Sunday, May 5, guests will be taken from the
chamber by various transportation providers to the set-
tings where wedding vendors provide information on their
services. Those include planners, bridal stores, florists
and bakers, entertainment, catering and on-site wedding
and reception venues, transportation, accommodations
and all manner of other wedding-related services.
In fact, said Wing, she has some vendor locations still
available, and is particularly looking to include more flo-
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AME grads, high school winners
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opportunity to speak at graduation on June 2. Islander
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Local volleyball standout signs with SCF
By Kevin Cassidy
Former Islander and Anna Maria Elementary School
alumna Abi Van Ostenbridge recently signed a letter of
intent to attend State College of Florida and play vol-
Abi, daughter of Susan and Scott Van Ostenbridge of
the iconic Island family, played high school volleyball at
Bradenton Christian and Bradenton Prep, where she got
her start as a varsity volleyball player in seventh-grade.
Last season, the 5-foot-7-inch Van Ostenbridge
showed her versatility playing middle hitter and setter
for the Panthers. She led her team to an upset victory
over Manatee High School in October to win the Manatee
County tournament with 50 kills, 34 assists and six aces
to her credit.
For the season, Van Ostenbridge led the Panthers
with 222 kills and 323 assists.
Her strong performance last season and signing to
play with SCF really mean a lot to Abi, who played the
2010-11 season only six months after having ACL sur-
gery on her left knee performed by orthopedic surgeon
Dr. Arthur Valadie of Holmes Beach.
She now moves on to SCF, where she's expected to
play as a back-row passer and defensive specialist who
also will compete for playing time as a setter, according
to SCF volleyball coach Carmine Garofalo.
Garofalo was effusive in his praise for Van Osten-
bridge. "Abi brings a strong competitive drive and versa-
tility to help us in whatever capacity we need her in. The
most important reason we brought her in, however, is that
Abi is a true leader on and off the court. Her ability to
lead and to earn the respect of her teammates and people
around her is something that will be of tremendous value
to us. Although her knowledge of the game and experi-
ence speak for themselves, what sets Abi apart are her
character and leadership qualities. Lots of athletes across
the country have the skills of the game, but not all have
the ability to lead. Abi does."
For now, Abi who sports an impressive 4.086 GPA,
is enjoying her senior year and her last season of club
volleyball. She plans on majoring in early childhood edu-
cation at SCF
Super Bowl teams set
The Super Bowl matchups are complete with two
teams in each age division in the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center NFL Flag Football League set to face off
March 24. There were no real surprises, as the top seeds
did what they were supposed to do.
The 8-9 year olds saw No. 1 seed Beach Bistro
Vikings dispatch Gettel Toyota Texans 33-20. Second-
seed Beach Bum Steelers ended the upset hopes of
sixth-seed Pink & Navy Cowboys in a 13-6 victory. The
Vikings and the Steelers will meet for the 8-9 division
Super Bowl title at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24.
The 10-12 division also had no surprises as top seed
Mr. Bones Colts earned a workman-like 35-19 victory
over Eat Here Bears, while Ross Built Broncos edged
LPAC Cardinals 26-22. The Colts and the Broncos will
meet for the 10-12 title at 11 a.m. March 24.
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The 13-16 division No. 1 seed Walter & Associ-
ates Bears advanced to the championship game with a
21-12 victory over Jessie's Island Store Steelers. No. 3
seed Integrity Sound Redskins pulled off a minor upset,
defeating Galati Yacht Sales Texans 32-19 to advance to
the super bowl. The Bears and the Redskins square off
at 10 a.m. March 24.
The adult division Super Bowl matchup also is set
with Florida Discount Signs 49ers advancing with a 27-13
victory over Slims Place Dolphins March 8 to win the
NFC title, while Coastal Orthopedic Raiders defeated
Duffy's Tavern Ravens 34-19 to win the AFC title.
The two teams will meet at 7 p.m. March 22 to decide
the Super Bowl title. The Ravens and Dolphins will play
that day for third place at 6 p.m.
Slim's Place wins adult volleyball title
Slim's Place defeated Best Buy 25-19, 10-25, 25-16
March 6 to take all in the Anna Maria Island Community
Center's inaugural adult coed volleyball league.
Slim's Place, which earned top seed after posting an
8-4 record in regular season play, received strong perfor-
mances from Kelly and Wayne Grant, Troy Shonk, Ryan
Hogan, Matt Ray and Aris Thompson.
Best Buy was led by Mark Pennell, Dave Norris,
Nate Talucci, Nick Smith, Lindsey Weaver and Monica
Simpson. Best Buy advanced to the title game by defeat-
ing Tyler's Ice Cream 25-18, 25-19 in the semifinals.
Key Royale golf news
For the fourth time in seven weeks, a Key Royale
golfer has aced the 123-yard eighth hole at the Key Royale
Club. Dale Hudson did the trick March 3 with a seven
iron. Jim Mixon, Gino DiClemente and Vince Mercadante
witnessed the shot. For Hudson, who has been playing golf
for 67 years, it was his 13th hole in one.
The men's handicap tournament continued with
Larry Pippel defeating Ernie Hauser 2 and 1 in Flight 1,
but then dropped his next match as Jim Helgeson earned
a 1-up victory on the 19th hole March 7. Helgeson will
play the winner of the Dennis Schavey vs. Gary Silk
match March 12.
In Flight 2, John Cassese earned a 1-up victory over
Earl Ritchie on the 19th hole. Mike Gille defeated Ken
Rickett 2 and 1 and will meet Cassese in the Flight 2 final
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In the men's 75-plus tournament, Gino DiClemente
and Carl Voyles advanced and will now play with the
winner of the face-off against Gerry Dahl for the elder's
championship March 15.
In regular golf action last week, the team of Lianne
Klien, Nel Bergstrom, Rose Slomba and Ed Havlik com-
bined on a 24-under-par 104 to take first place in the
March 2 coed team handicap match. Second place at 110
went to the team of Joyce Brown, Tom Warda and Eunice
The men played an 18-hole, best-ball-of-foursome
match March 7. The team of Ed Havlik, Jim Helgeson,
Earl Ritchie and Jim Shepard carded a 14-under-par 50
to finish in a tie for first place with Bob Gallagher, Joe
LaTorre and Danny Hayes. The team of Bob Elliott, Gary
Harris, Pete Weir and Tom Lewis finished third at 51.
The women managed to take the course for a low-
net-in-flight match March 6. Lynn Dailey and Judy Crowe
both carded 4-under-par 28 to finish in a tie for first place
in Flight A.
Joyce Brown, Sue Wheeler and Liz Lang each fired
5-under-par 27s to finish in a three-way tie for first place
in Flight B.
Willa Barkley's 2-under-par 30 gave her first place in
Flight C by one shot over second-place finisher Maryanne
Flight D winner was Connie Livanos, who carded a
3-under-par 29 to finish one shot ahead of Marty Clark,
Pat Rice and Shirley Cessna.
Marty Clark and Lynn Dailey won the team low-net
game with Dailey also tllhii\ ingi in a chipin on hole four
and a birdie on six. Markie Ksiazek also chipped in on
The men played a nine-hole, modified-Stableford
match March 5. Rich Papini won the individual crown
with a plus-7, while Dale Hudson and Quentin Talbert
tied for second at plus-5. Papini's score helped his team-
mates, Greg Shorten, Terry Schaefer and Barry Anderson
to the team title.
The morning of March 5 saw the men play a best-
ball-of-partners match. The team of Vince Mercadante,
Tom Warda, Earl Huntzinger and Carl Voyles combined
on a 10-under-par 22 to take first place by one shot over
the team of Dave Kruger, Al Pollack, Ed Holba and Jerry
Three teams emerged from pool play during March 10
horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe
pits. The team of Herb Puryear and Hank Huyghe drew
the bye into the finals and watched as John Crawford and
Tom Skoloda defeated Rod Bussey and Keith Erickson
21-11. Skoloda-Crawford edged Huyghe-Puryear 21-17
in the finals.
Three teams qualified for the knockout stage in
March 7 horseshoe action. Rod Bussey and Bob Lee
defeated Norm Good and Bob Zeman 24-9 to advance
to the finals, where they dropped a 22-14 decision to the
team of Adin Shank and Jay Disbrow.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
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Fishing best before, during or after cold front?
By Capt. Danny Stasny
With winds topping out around 30 mph and colder
temperatures at night, the age-old questions pop into
mind. When is the best time to fish? Is fishing better
before, during or after a cold front?
This past week provided some answers for the
angler's dilemma. While talking to my fellow captains
and other local fishers, the consistent answer was to fish
before the front. Earlier in the week, fishers were catching
good numbers of fish on both the grass flats and on the
On the flats, surprising numbers of snook were show-
ing, which provided great catch-and-release action for
anglers using live shiners. The same applied for reds and
On the artificial reefs and in the bays, we saw an early
spring bite of Spanish mackerel. Also in the same areas,
the sheepshead were chewing every bait you dropped
down to them.
All in all, before the front, fishing was some of the
best we've had all year.
When the cold front arrived, bringing 30-mph winds
from the northeast and temperatures in the low 50s, the
bite seemed to go weird. A number of captains, includ-
ing myself, noticed the fish were apprehensive to take a
bait. On more than one occasion, I'd be sitting in the boat
with my clients watching trout come right up to our baits
and boil on them, but not eat them. It was like they were
instinctively ambushing a bait, but wouldn't commit.
The same thing happened for Capt. Rick Gross while
mackerel fishing. He said the macks would knock a bait
clear out of the water, hitting it but not eating it.
To fish directly after the front also can make things
tough. From my experience, it takes a few nice, warm,
calm days to get things back in order. Directly after a
front, the waters, especially in the bay, can be murky as
a result of being stirred up by the high winds. Give things
time to settle down. Once the water clears up and warms
up, the fish should get in a normal pattern again. Then
you'll see an improvement in the fishing.
So, fishing before the front seems to be the ideal situ-
ation. Ultimately any time is a good time to fish you
just have to accept the fact that some days the catch is
better than others. And remember, fishing isn't an exact
science. You might have times when fishing during a
front is just as good as before the front. I guess it's one
of the reasons fishing is so intriguing. You never know
what can happen it's all up to the fish, after all.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is target-
ing catch-and-release snook, redfish and spotted seatrout
in southern Tampa Bay. Gross likes to use live shiners
on a 1/0 live bait hook tied to 20-pound fluorocarbon
leader to target fish in shallow water. Anchoring on a shal-
low flat and chumming with live bait, Gross is bringing
catch-and-release snook up to 32 inches to the boat. As
for redfish, Gross is catching keepers with an occasional
over-the-slot fish in the mix. "The trout we're catching
are mixed in with the reds," says Gross. "Most have been
in the 20-inch range, too," he adds.
Moving north toward the Sunshine Skyway Bridge,
Gross is catching Spanish mackerel. Using live shiners
and an Aberdeen gold hook, Gross is hooking up macks
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Anne Moore, visiting from Houston, caught this
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Sheepshead are being caught by Gross at artificial
reefs in Tampa Bay. Gross is using live shrimp to tempt
the bite. Most fish being caught are in the 2- to 3-pound
range, although Gross found one that weighed close to
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing the grass flats of Sara-
sota Bay targeting bull redfish. On the extreme low tide,
Girle and his clients are wading the shallow grass flats,
stalking redfish that are schooled up in sandy potholes.
\\. din- in shallow water is highly effective," says Girle.
"You can get right up close and personal with these reds
before they know you're there."
Using 3-inch root beer-color Berkley Gulp shrimp,
Girle's clients are catching reds up to 31 inches.
Another method Girle is using to catch these reds
is fishing fresh-cut ladyfish on the bottom. "Once these
fish get picky or spooked, you have to experiment with
different techniques," says Girle. "We caught a 30-inch
spotted seatrout on a piece of ladyfish," adds Girle. "At
first we thought it was a snook by the way it peeled off
the line, but once we saw it, we realized it was a trophy-
Moving out to water depths of 3 to 5 feet, Girle is
catching spotted seatrout in numbers, although most are
in the 12- to 15-inch range. Along with the trout are Span-
ish mackerel and ladyfish. Using live shrimp on a pop-
ping cork or just a free-lined shrimp, Girle's clients are
catching decent numbers of keepers.
Finally, moving offshore, Girle is working near-
shore structure, resulting in a variety of species. Using
live shrimp, Girle is catching sheepshead and Key West
grunts. Then he's switching to live shiners to catch floun-
der and mackerel.
Capt. Logan Bystrom is fishing southern Tampa Bay,
targeting spotted seatrout. Bystrom anchors on the edges
of grass flats where there's good tidal flow to stalk these
yellow-mouthed predators. Chumming with live shin-
ers, he gets the trout in a feeding mood for his clients,
who then cast out a live bait. When the trout are feeding,
it doesn't take long to get a bite. Bystrom's clients are
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Sheepshead also are in Bystrom's sights. He likes a
good moving tide to target sheepies. Fishing docks and
artificial structure in Tampa Bay, Bystrom's clients are
bringing good numbers of sheepshead to the boat, with
live shrimp the bait of choice.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier says sheepshead
are still dominating the bite. Pier fishers using fiddler
or oyster crabs are succeeding. Most fish are in the 1-
to 2-pound range, although bigger fish also are being
Black drum are making a good showing at the pier,
too. Most are being caught on large or handpicked shrimp,
but don't be surprised to catch one when targeting sheep-
ies with small crabs. Black drum will eat a crab just as
fast as they will a shrimp. Drum in the 18- to 24-inch
range were the norm.
For the best of the best this past week, Kilb is seeing
good numbers of pompano in the morning. "I caught 14
one morning," says Kilb. "But you have to remember, pom-
pano can be in one place one day and gone the next."
Kilb likes to use a small white jig to get these golden
nuggets to bite.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says he's
hearing reports of good fishing on both the grass flats of
Anna Maria Sound as well as at the north-end piers. He
says anglers are reporting "the usual suspects for this time
of year. Trout, redfish, sheepshead and flounder."
Flats fishers targeting spotted seatrout are getting
good results using either a DOA shrimp or a suspending
twitch bait such as MirrOlure 17MR Mirrodine. Both
of these baits are fished in the middle to lower water
column. Most of the trout are resting toward the bottom
waiting to ambush a prey from below. Whether using live
bait or artificial, try to keep the bait in the strike zone.
Redfish are being caught around Anna Maria Sound,
although they are in water 2-3 feet deep- shallower than
the trout. To target these shallow-water reds, live bait,
such as shiners and shrimp, is your best bet. If you're
using artificial, try to cast way ahead of the fish so the
splash your lure makes on landing in the water doesn't
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters
says fishing out of Anna Maria Island this past week has
been challenging due to the cold front. It shut the shiner
fishing down and made live shrimp the bait of choice.
Thursday's warmup brought back the shiners and many
Spotted seatrout, redfish, flounder and mackerel were
feeding heavily on Howard's morning shiners. For the
seatrout, Howard set up in 2 to 6 feet of water. He also
reports flounder have been active and good in size. He
says to use a split shot and work the bait slowly thru the
sandy potholes and wait for the thump and the slow pull
on the line to hook them.
Redfish have been all over the Anna Maria waters.
On cold days, Howard likes to fish with shrimp and a split
shot under the docks. "On the warmer days, look for the
redfish to be in very shallow water, schooling and eating
shiners and small pinfish," Howard says.
Looking forward, Howard anticipates the spring bite
to improve. "Look for the cobia and kingfish run in the
next month and the snook fishing to turn on."
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Dana K. Andrews
Dana K. Andrews, 53, died March 4. He was the fifth
generation of his family born in Bradenton and formerly
lived on Anna Maria Island.
Mr. Andrews attended Bradenton Christian School
and graduated from Manatee High School. He was a life-
time member of Christ Episcopal Church of Bradenton.
Arrangements were by Griffith-Cline Funeral
Mr. Andrews is survived by his mother, Rita B.;
brother Jacob; and sister Debra Lynn Delvecchio.
John Reed Elfenbein
John Reed Elfenbein, 88, of Anna Maria, died at
home March 7.
He was an artist, jazz musician and writer, who
brought joy and laughter to many. He was a World War
II veteran who served in the Merchant Marine. He was
active in civil and labor rights, he was a member of CORE
and a shop steward for his teachers union.
Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hos-
pice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL
Mr. Elfenbein is survived by his wife of 59 years,
Phyllis; children Lee, Jay and Debra; grandchildren
Maddy and Gus; daughter-in-law Andree; brother Julian
and wife Lennie; dear friends Gabe and Dorothy Simches;
and brother-in-law Dr. Fred Cohen and wife Margery.
Dr. Blake Graham
Dr. Blake Graham, 85, of Canada and Holmes Beach,
died March 5.
Dr. Graham was a retired veterinarian. He was a
member of the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club and Key
He was honored by the University of Guelph's
Ontario Veterinary College for his research project on
diseases transferable from animals to man. He published
"Sow's Ear Silk Purse: Anecdotes From the Life of a
No service is planned.
Dr. Graham is survived by wife Joan; daughter Dr.
Janet Graham and her husband, Michael Tarjan; and
granddaughter Caroline Tarjan.
Betty Valley Mills
Betty Valley Mills, 85, died March 2. She was born
May 24, 1926, in Detroit, Mich. She grew up in Detroit,
and graduated from the University of Michigan where
she received a bachelor of arts with a degree in English.
She moved to Florida in 1970 and resided in Holmes
Mrs. Mills was a member of Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church and a volunteer for the Roser Memorial
Guild. She was a past member of the Bradenton Yacht
Club and was an avid bridge player.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday,
March 14, at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel,
5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Memorial donations
may be made to either the American Cancer Society or
Sunny Bower Assisted Living Facility. Condolences may
be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
Mrs. Mills is survived by her children, Linda and
husband Louis Cooper of New Richmond, Wis., Charles
and wife Gale Valley of Sarasota, Edward and wife Jane
Valley of Bradenton, and Kathleen Valley of Bradenton;
granddaughter Jennifer and husband Bruce Gilmour;
great-granddaughter Kiana Gilmour; nieces and nephews
Chris Bos of Holland, Mich., Mark Carlson of Sedona,
Ariz., Kelly Norris and Jack W. Carlson, both of Marathon,
Fla.; step-children Nancy and husband Dan Crabbe of
Locust, N.J., Sally and husband Monty Robson of Bonita
Springs, Fla., Robert and Sue Karn III of St. Louis, Mo.,
and Suzanne Simonds of Kamuela, Hawaii; and many
step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.
Jean Shirley (Powers) Carlson, 87, of Cadillac,
Mich., died March 8. She was born Oct. 6, 1924, and
married Darwin Carlson Nov. 8, 1945.
She graduated Cadillac High School in 1941 and
studied at the Ray-Vogue School of Art in Chicago. From
there, she attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo.,
where she majored in art and was elected to the National
Honorary Fraternity of Art, Tau Sigma Tau.
Mrs. Carlson was an accomplished artist and career
woman, happy cooking large family meals, creating col-
orful watercolors and oil paintings, walking the beaches
of Anna Maria Island, and golfing with her friends.
She won numerous art awards
and exhibited in New York City and
Grand Island, Neb., where she painted
a mural for the city's municipal building.
She was a member of the Anna Maria
Island Artists' Guild, where she exhib-
ited and sold her work for many years.
She was a founding member of
the Cadillac Area Artist's Association. She was a member
since 1950 of the First Presbyterian Church of Cadillac.
She enjoyed a long career at the Cadillac Wexford
Public Library where she cataloged books for the Mid-
Michigan Library League. She also worked as a reporter
for the Cadillac News and the Grand Rapids Press.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday,
March 14, at the First Presbyterian Church of Cadillac.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Pres-
byterian Church of Cadillac. Condolences may be made
online at www.petersonfh.com.
Mrs. Carlson is survived by her husband of 66 years,
Darwin; children Craig and wife Sabrina of Cape Coral,
Fla.; Martha and husband Hermann Suhs of Cadillac;
and Sue of Anna Maria Island; sister Betty and husband
Robert Kendall of Jackson, Mich.; and many nieces,
nephews, grandchildren and friends.
Frank Szakacs Jr.
Frank Szakacs Jr., 86, Holmes Beach, died March
6. He was born in Passaic, N.J., and moved to Holmes
Beach in 1976 from Franklin Lakes, N.J.
Mr. Scakacs was a retired lieutenant for the Port
Authority in New York and New Jersey, and was a vol-
unteer fire chief in Washington Township, N.J.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War
II. He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church,
Holmes Beach, and the American Legion Kirby Stewart
Post 24, Bradenton.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, March 14, at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. A burial with
military honors will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday,
March 15, at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State
Road 72, Sarasota. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes &
Crematory, 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton is in charge of
arrangements. Condolences may be made online at www.
brownandsonsfuneral.com. Memorial donations may be
made to American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24, 2000
75th St. W., Bradenton.
Mr. Scakacs is survived by wife Alice; sons Alan J. of
Holmes Beach, and Robert Francis and wife Michelle of
Mahwah, N.J.; daughter Linda and husband John Agnello
of Marco Island; six grandchildren; and one great-grand-
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778.1345 Hauling tree trimming
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Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
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941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
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HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
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needed for local representatives to aid homeless
children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes @sothe-
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WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
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able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
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ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, March 16.
607 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. Teak cre-
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bed, two rattan recliners, king bed, hutch, dining
set, server, TVs, white chest, living room sofa,
coffee and end tables, captains chairs, bench,
lamps, pedestal, books, wheel chair, walker, file
and more. Please, park courteously. Sale by
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
on Tuesday and Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-
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NEW LOCATION: STEFF'S Stuff Antiques has
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5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-
FOUND: WOMEN' PRESCRIPTION glasses on
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. annamariachiroprac-
LOST CAR KEYS at the beach near Gulf Cafe on
Feb. 21. Please, call 941-795-4095.
LOST: LOCK AND two keys for bike carrier on Gulf
Drive about Feb. 10. Reward. 217-415-6771.
LOST: COOLPIX SILVER camera, 300-500 block
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7386 or Katie, 585-208-5104.
LOST: COACH WALLET, brown. Vicinity of Gin-
ny's and Jane E's, Anna Maria. 603-986-2765.
FOUND: SURF ROD and reel. Anna Maria Island
beach. Leave description, Island Discount Tackle,
BEAUTIFUL CAT FOR adoption! Long-hair,
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included. 941-778-0330 or 812-219-2184.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
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ISLAND DOGS GROOMING Salon: Julie Keyes,
certified groomer. Hydro bath, hand dry, (no cage
drying). Personal service for you and your loved
ones. Call anytime for appointments, 941-778-
1202. 5360 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
DOG ADOPTIONS! 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday,
March 17. Be lucky, find your new best friend!
We will be at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Moonracer No-Kill
Animal Rescue Inc. 941-896-6701.
ADORABLE PUPPY FOR adoption! Pit mix, gor-
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FANTASTIC DOG! Champ is 2 years old, laid
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fixed, and chipped. Rescued, he needs a happy,
loving home. Please call Moonracer Rescue, 941-
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-
DOCKSIDE SERVICE: PONTOON boat rental.
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Call Dan, over 40 years in the boat business. 941-
TANZER 22-FOOT fiberglass sailboat, very solid.
Made in Canada. Needs sails. Only $1,600. 941-
POWER NOLES CUSTOM-fiberglass 11.5-foot
cat-type hull.Very stable boat. Great for kid's Xmas
or anyone who wants to get on the water! 25-hp
Mercury, trolling motor and two bass seats. Great
boat! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.
NAIL TECH NEEDED at new Island spa and
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down daily. Call Amanda, 941-779-6836.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
KIDS FOR HIRE
LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
opment major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
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LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
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TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
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spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
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779-6638. Leave message.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
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ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year
Island resident, references. The Flying Dutch-
man LLC. We do all repair, interior and exterior,
carpentry and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.
AMI COMPUTER SOLUTIONS for computer
problems solved at your home or office. Wire-
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removal, repairs, software upgrades, advice and
training. Travis, 941-301-4726.
INCOME TAX SERVICE: We do individuals,
small businesses and all states. We have been
in business over thirty years. Call Pat at Kenney
Tax Service, 941-761-8156.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: 30 years experi-
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and bathroom design, 24-hour emergency call-
outs. Ronnie, 941-807-6664.
WALY PRECISION PAINTING: Interior, exterior,
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ALL ISLAND HANDYMAN: All aspects home
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away References upon request. 941-778-7355
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12.
LET ME CLEAN your house for you while you
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experience. Only two days available. Call Barb,
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
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I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36
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and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
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RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of
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than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today
for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.
GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY'S ISLAND
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CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
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SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Hauling all
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NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
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TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and com-
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VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
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references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopaint-
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Heron Harbour 2/2 Condo, Htd Pool, tennis,furnished. $125,000.
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CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman,
light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades.
Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken,
stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it.
Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control.
Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan
builder, 30 years experience. Affordable, timely,
within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional
tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate.
23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-
CUSTOM KITCHENS AND baths, additions, win-
dows and door replacement. Call Matt at Pinnacle
Group, 941-685-6132. Lic#CGC1506518.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our
secure server? Check it out at www.islander.
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DEEPWATER JIVic within walking distance
to the beach. This split-plan home has a caged
pool, 70-foot dock with lift and 200 feet on sail-
boat water with no bridges. $659,000.
SOLD $50,000 over
HUGE REAL ESTATE OPPORTUNITY
50% 70% off"2004-2006" PRICES
STop rated #1 & #2 hotels (Tri Advisor)
+ Outstanding occupancy histories
SAll apartments cash-flow positive
SUnlimited owner usage
SBank financing available
LA mriom 2/2 Apnrtmtcm
1,400 i/f from $375,000
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372 I/f ll frem S125,000
727 sf 21 from $295,000
Call David Teitelbaum, Realtor 941-812-4226 or
Liz Codola, Realtor 941-812-3455
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental
units available for office/commercial spaces from
750-2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage
units and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.
HOLIDAY/VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA pri-
vate pool home in northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA
private pool home in Palma Sola, west Bradenton.
No annuals. Call 941-794-1515.
VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes,
3BR/2BA and 3BR/3BA. Condo, 1BR/1BA over-
looking golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or www.
WANTED: RETAIL STOREFRONT in Bradenton
Beach, 500 sf and up. Bridge street area. 941-
BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1BA.
Steps to beach. No pets. $700/week. 941-778-
PERICO ISLAND: 3BR/3BA beautifully furnished
house. Private pool, seasonal/monthly rent.
$3,000/month. Call 941-795-3778.
ANNUAL RENTAL IN Cortez Village: Nice, clean
and quiet unit in a four-plex. 2BR/1BA, private
parking, screened porch, washer and dryer. $900/
month. Call Brian at 941-778-0542 or 941-685-
1400 for details.
ANNUAL RENTAL. 1BR/1BA, nicely furnished,
900 sf elevated duplex, wraparound deck. 1.3
miles to Anna Marie Island via Cortez Bridge.
Call us ... to listen and help you
List or Buy Your Beach Place
Call Mel or Barb Neely for a private
showing of this unique property.
941.809.5565 I 941.807.6220
3001 Gulf Drive,
toll free 800.778.9599
YOUR SPOT IN PARADISE
One of our last Gulffront parcels at best Anna
Maria Beach which needs no renourishment.
Underground boulder revetment has protected
the structures since the 1950s. This parcel
includes cottage which is to be donated to our
Historical Society and buyer may construct
new home. Asking $1,600,000.
"We ARE the Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
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SEASONAL WATERFRONT GROUND-floor
home: 2BR/2BA, dock. 941-779-9094 or 703-
587-4675. 109 13th St. S., Bradenton Beach.
www.annamariaislandnow.com. E-mail: bayrest@
YEAR-ROUND RENTAL: Nice senior park in Pal-
metto. 2BR/2BA, living room, family room, two
lanais, washer and dryer, water view, swimming
pool. $950/month. 614-462-0247.
VACATION RENTALS NOW: Townhouse,
2BR/2BA, pool, boat dock, $695/week. 3BR/2BA
home, $750/week. Realtor, 941-356-1456.
ANNUAL RENTAL HOME: 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage, updated, furnished, $1,400/month. Village
Green. Available now. Realtor, 941-756-1090.
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool,
outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey
furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.
FOR SALE BY owner: 1BR/1 BA mobile completely
remodeled with share, beach and bay access. Call
941-224-1652 for more information.
ANNA MARIA CANAL home. Walk to beach and have
your boat in the back. 2BR/2BA renovated home with
boat lift and dock. For sale by owner. Call 813-245-
GREAT NORTHWEST LOCATION: Mint condition,
close to beach, 2BR/2BA end unit, screened lanai,
elevator, heated pool, lighted tennis, clubhouse. Move
in now! $109,500. Call 941-792-0645.
FOR SALE BY owner: Mobile home, 1BR/1BA, extra
bonus room. Across the street from Bradenton Beach
private fishing pier. Beach and bay access, adjacent
parking. Call 813-458-3875.
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: 2BR/2BA two-car garage
with gated entry. Large "D" model. Updated kitchen,
bathroom, appliances and floors. Close to beaches,
Robinson Preserve. $120,000. Call John Rehmann,
HOLMES BEACH HOME, quality built and priced for
quick sell. Centrally located, three short blocks to sandy
beaches. Price reduced to $499,000! Questions, 309-
642-7370. View virtual tour www.srqmediaworks2.
NEW ON MARKET: 8,700 sf, Marina Drive building lot
with canal access. No bridges to Tampa Bay. Priced
right at $299,000. Call Barry Gould, 941-448-5500.
Island Vacation Properties.
FOR SALE BY OWNER GULFFRONT
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND Stunning open RUNAWAY BAY Remodeled end unit
water views from this 3BR/2.5BA home 2BR/2BA with bay view from master
loaded with historic charm, fromAustralian bedroom and balcony. New SS appli-
cypress floors to knotty cypresswalls. Enjoy ance and double door pantry. Turnkey
128' of bayfront lush tropical setting, Tiki furnished, Heated pool, fishing pier, beach
bar, 2 docks. Perfectly located, southern access, tennis. Jim Zoff (941) 447-7747.
exposure. Dave Moynihan (941) 720-0089. #M5819738. $239,000
PERICO BAY CLUB On a Clear Day &
Every Day your Panoramic View is Spec-
tacular! This special 2BR/2BA unit has
everything including elegant Kanes and
Pink Pineapple furnishings. Penny Bray
(941) 795-6685. #M5825236. $235,000
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BANK OWNED 2BR/2BA unit in newly
renovated Key West-style beachfront
complex with fabulous Gulf views. Turnkey
furnished, heated pool, tennis, elevator,
weekly rentals. Dave Moynihan (941) 720-
0089. #M5826475. $359,500
SEE ALL OUR
WY LISTINGS AT
DISTRESS SALES/BANK foreclosures and fixer-
uppers. Go to: www.ManateeAreaForeclosures.com for
a free list of properties available now. 941-315-1501.
HIGHLY MOTIVATED SELLER of the lowest-priced
3BR/2BA property on Anna Maria Island with private
heated pool, garage and new construction said, "Barry,
I want to sell this now ... drop the price $30,000." Not
a condo. 300 block in Holmes Beach. Zoned R2. Now
only $449,000. Call Barry Gould, 941-448-5500. Island
EXQUISITE 1BR/1BA TRAILER near Bridge Street.
Large deck overlooking Intracoastal Waterway, Braden-
ton Beach. By appointment, 941-778-2720.
REMODELED 4BR/2BA HOME with marina and com-
munity pool. $99,500. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate
FREE BRAND NEW kayak with your purchase of Perico
Bay Club 2BR/2BA furnished villa. Kayak storage and
launch in your backyard. Many other amenities. Call
Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
IRONWOOD CONDO: $62,000. 1BR/1.5BA. Many
upgrades. 55-plus community. Overlooks golf course.
Clubhouse, exercise room, heated pool. Six miles to
Anna Maria Island. 941-524-8969.
EXCEPTIONAL CONDO LOT: Two houses to beach.
116-A 48th St., Holmes Beach. $495,000. 618-334-
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LOVE STORY By David J. Kahn / Edited by Will Shortz
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7 Sublime, in hip-
10 Former Mercury
18 Dragon slayer of
19 Stick on a table
20 Prayer opener
21 Big Apple
23 An elderly
with her husband
and was ...
27 Biblical verb
28 Pen pal?
29 At sea
30 Guilty ___
31 ___ polloi
32 Africa's bygone
34 Big tug
35 Big shots they're
37 Geom. shapes
38 She said "After
all these years
44 Squeeze (out)
45 Big name in
47 Spanish bear
48 Destination NW
50 Colorful moths
51 Then she
58 Clock sound
61 Be sociable, say
62 Barack Obama's
63 Jug part
64 Card game
similar to 6cart6
69 Old despots
72 Med. plan
75 St. Pete stadium,
77 She, in Siena
78 Her husband
83 Diplomat: Abbr.
84 "Home away
from home" grp.
85 Halftime staples
86 Game cry
87 One whose star is
90 Hit sign
91 Places to find
95 Then he asked
99 Dr. Jekyll
101 Botanical balm
102 Word with free
106 Reminder of a
109 The woman
115 Terse denial
116 Sci-fi film with
117 "What am
118 "As good as
119 L.A. hours
120 Man with a
1 Single, say
2 Perfect example
3 Skillful reasoner
4 Bernese ___
5 Mid 11th-century
6 Long stretch
7 Like Steve Jobs,
9 Grazing ground
10 Maryland, once
11 Skagway locale
12 Blogger's bit
13 They make 39-
14 Courtroom words
15 Gaping mouths
16 Gil ___, original
lead role on
17 Winner of 2009's
22 Places to relax
25 Smooth finish
26 Quick end to a
32 Mazda roadster
33 Pilgrims John
35 It's a wrap
36 Toe woe
39 They sometimes
40 Some royalties
41 Printing problem
42 Baseball manager
47 Grab bag
48 Make some
49 Obsessed about
51 With no warmth
52 Deep border lake
53 Board that's
55 Alcohol producer
56 Dinghy duo
58 Lacking depth, in
59 Cairo's river
80 Petunia Dursley,
to Harry Potter
87 Toboggan ride's
88 Stat for Steve
89 When to tour
90 Like 14-Down
91 Knievel feat
92 Lacing (into)
94 Sign off on
96 Virus carrier,
97 Musical star
98 1994 biopic
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By Mark Young
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
19th annual Tour of Homes celebrates Island
living, but its real purpose is for Island giving.
The Saturday, March 17, event will highlight
six Island homes to visitors across the state who
are curious about Island living, decor and home
features. The event includes browsing boutique
wares and lunch at one of the local homes, and the
chance to win a "Birds of Paradise" quilt, made by
the Eyeland Needlers, whose work over the years
have contributed more than $40,000 to center pro-
The tour is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and costs $20.
This year's tour features some of the best
views of surrounding waterways, custom-made
mosaic tiles, Island murals, and individual tastes
that celebrate life on Anna Maria Island.
Tour stops include:
The home of Diana McManaway, 208A 66th
St., Holmes Beach.
The home of Dan and Jan Hazewski, 212
68th St., Holmes Beach.
The home of Susan Gress, 534 70th St.,
The home of Debi Wohlers and Lori Wag-
goner, 508 72nd St., Holmes Beach.
The home of Marty and Laurie Hicks, 615
Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. This stop on
the tour includes the boutique.
The home of Ron and Barb Harrold, 619
Ivanhoe, Key Royale, Holmes Beach.
Proceeds from the tour, quilt raffle sales
and boutique sales raise funds for the nonprofit
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The
Center offers youth and adult services, includ-
ing education, sports programs and family ser-
vices, to more than 5,000 local people.
For more information about the tour or the
Center, call 941-778-1908 or visit www.island-
Tourgoers are required to slip into paper booties before entering the
homes on the Anna Maria Island Community Center's Tour of Homes.
This year's event is Saturday, March 17, and features six homes.
Tour serves Anna Maria
ella By The Sea Home Boutique,
SIndustrial Furniture, Home
ccents, Women's Clothing,
and featuring Bella's Blooms -
fresh-cut flowers every Friday.
218C Pine Ave. Anna Maria
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* BLINDS window fashions
* SILHOUETTES & LUMINETTES
* DUETTES VISA
Tips for the tour
If it looks like rain, bring an umbrella the Anna
Maria Island Community Center Tour of Homes is a
Some other tips for the tour, which takes place
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, include:
The tour booklet, which can be picked up in
advance at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, and other venues, serves as the tour ticket.
Don't leave home without it or misplace it along
the way in one of the tour homes.
Admission is $20.
Bring a pen or pencil to take notes, but leave
the camera behind and the phone "off." Photography
inside the homes is a no-no.
Wear no-heeled shoes. High heels are not
allowed in the homes. Comfortable walking shoes
will serve best for this event. Tourgoers will be pro-
vided booties required footwear at the door of
Tourgoers can start at any one of the six homes,
but may save time and effort by following an order
- north to south, south to north.
Ditch the car for the tour. Shuttle buses will
transport tourgoers from home to home as well as
from two free parking lots, at the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, and Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, both in
The Island trolley also is fare-free, although it
does not directly service the homes. A bicycle will
suffice, but the tour shuttles are the best bet.
OUR MOBILE SHOWROOM
A HOMES TO YOU!
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 14, 2012 0 3-B
Boutique offers Islan
The Island Tropical Treasures Boutique dates
back 19 years ago to the first Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center Tour of Homes.
The boutique is included in the tour at one of
the homes this year the site is the home of Marty
and Laurie Hicks, 615 Key Royale Drive, Holmes
Offerings include crafts, artwork, hand-painted
furniture and baked goods.
This year's boutique sponsor is the Anna Maria
The boutique committee includes Gay Adema,
Signature tour quilt
to be raffled
Buy a ticket for a chance to win "Birds of Para-
dise," the signature quilt created by the Eyeland
Needlers to benefit the Anna Maria Island Tour of
The quilt, depicting shoreline scenes and named
in a community contest by Leigh Woolf, will be raf-
fled during the annual tour taking place Saturday,
March 17, in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria.
The Eyeland Needlers include Judy Bennett,
Jane Coleman, Mary Jo Gaspari, Dolores Harrell,
Ann Home, Joan Pettigrew, Marcia Powers, Penny
Reinholz and Betsy Smith.
To create the quilt, the group received support
from Green Real Estate in Anna Maria, which under-
wrote costs, and Patches Galore in Palmetto, which
provided discounted supplies.
Raffle tickets will be sold during the tour at the
boutique at 615 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach.
Chances are $1 per ticket or $5 for six tickets.
The drawing will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday,
March 17, near the close of the tour.
id flavors, furnishings
Jan Bryant, Sandy Fenstemaker, Lissa Gallagher,
Mary Jo Gaspari, Dolores Harrell, Ann Home, Erin
Hughey, Joyce Hunt, Pierrette Kelly, Joan Pettigrew,
Maggie Plath, Sandee Pruett, Penny Reinholz, Betsy
Smith, Katie Whelan and Mary Zion.
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How many birds?
The Eyeland Needlers created this quilt to promote
the 19th annual Anna Maria Island Community
Center Tour ofHomes. The quilt will be the top
prize at a 3 p.m. drawing March 17 near the closing
time of the tour of homes. Nancy Frederick won
the name-the-quilt contest with the "How Many
Birds? title. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemannn
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Tickets for the 19th annual Anna Maria
Island Community Center Tour of Homes, which
costs $20 per person, can be purchased at any of
the six tour homes March 17.
The ticket is a guide book to the six homes
and the tour can be accomplished in any random
Tickets also can be purchased in advance the
center or at the following business locations.
In Anna Maria at Ginny's and Jane E's at
the Old IGA and Beach Bums.
In Holmes Beach at the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, The Islander newspaper,
LaPensee Plumbing and Island Fitness.
For more information, call the Center at 941-
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The home of Diana McManaway ...
This compact home with spacious aspirations is just right tor an Island get-
The home features light-hued walls and vaulted lapboard ceilings in select
rooms offer a sense of airiness beyond its limitations.
The master bedroom is conveniently located near the home's entrance. Just
down the hallway from the entry is a narrow deck overlooking a stone waterfall.
The deck features a view to the outdoor pool complete with a floating tiki
bar. It's a perfect place to relax with a cool beverage of choice.
A walk up the stairs and one finds a second bedroom and bath.
The home features a small collection of pelicans. Paintings of egrets, a boat
and fish compliment the home's Island motif.
The home of Dan and Jan Hazewski ...
Before entering the home, Island life greets you with a cornucopia of color-
ful plants in an Island garden.
Look up as you enter the home to see the stained-glass ceiling light, a replica
design featuring a small half-moon encircled in orange light. The vivid orange
light is repeated in accent pieces and ceramics, proudly claimed from flea mar-
kets and garage sales.
A local artist's easel, in its original condition and splattered with paint, rests
gently in one corner of the dining room, offering a glimpse of a print featuring
a woman with peacock feathers gathered on Longboat Key.
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on Florida's Last Private Island.
Start with maintenance-included, energy-
efficient homes designed for care-free coastal
living. Combine with resort-style amenities
like a private clubhouse, pool, cabanas and
marina. Top off with the pleasures of Anna
Maria Island. It all adds up to the Florida
resort lifestyle you've been dreaming of. A
place to gather family and friends today and
celebrate all the tomorrows to come.
ANNA IIMARIA SOUND
Move-in Ready Brokers Welcome
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On SR 64 Turn right just before the
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One of North Americas most successful homebuilders, we're welcoming over
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The home of Susan Gress ...
Royal palms reach out to you, flanking the walkway leading to a curved staircase, where
you enter the home. The double-wood doors at the top of the stairs open to a grand dining
Beyond the glass doors is an infinity pool, which takes the eye into the open waters of
Tampa Bay and beyond.
The dining table is of white pickled wood and the room is dotted with cream colored
upholstered chairs, all sitting under a tiffany blue coffered ceiling.
White marble countertops and white cabinets in the kitchen are offset by a large, black
The home features an office and master bedroom, each with a view to the bay. An upstairs
bedroom offers bunk beds, which have their own built-in televisions.
A second-story galley provides a view of the dining room and the entry chandelier.
ebrating 10 year
on Anna Maria Island.
Don't just decorate, let us help you find
the perfect style, the style that's just for you.
Offering full-service styling, including furniture,
bedding, and upholstery with a special emphasis on
custom window coverings by Hunter Douglas Blinds.
Visit our store filled with everything from
home accessories to artwork
and custom-made jewelry.
LADIES NITE OUT
Every Thursday, refreshments 5-8 PM ... Bring photos and questions
about your decorating dilemma and we'll help. And sign up for a
FREE in-home consultation to be drawn at the end of every month.
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The home of Debi Wohlers and Lori Waggoner ...
You'll know you've arrived to Island-syle living with this home's fla-
mingo greeting and, just inside the door, the wall is covered by a large,
hand-painted mural in the two-story living room. The mural depicts the city
pier, Sunshine Skyway Bridge and, if you look closely, the owners dog' and
While your gaze could rest on the mural for a long time, be sure to look
down or you'll miss the circular mosaic inset in the foyer floor. It features
seahorses in an underwater scene in colors selected by the owners. Other
mosaic designs also are featured in the bathrooms.
Walk on and you'll find four glass doors, which open to the pool and
Climb the stairs to find a great room complete with game table, TV and
Let me help you
Maria Island to
find your perfect
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VINNY & CHERYL'S ITALIAN KITCHEN
Little Italy in the heart ofAnna Maria
& ITALIAN SPECIALTIES
Call ahead or stop by for specials/menu
941.896.9754 314 Pine Ave., Anna Maria
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The home of Marty and Laurie Hicks ...
The view of the Intracoastal Waterway and Tampa Bay is central to the ambience of this home, but
the views inside are spectacular, too.
Walking up the stairway and through the hall, you will find yourself in the great room. Glass doors
open to an infinity pool and a view of the waters beyond.
The home's kitchen is a cook's paradise, featuring granite countertops, a six-burner stove and an island
made for food preparation. Ingest any calories at leisure, thanks to a workout room just off the kitchen.
The master bedroom and bath, both in travertine marble, open to a tile deck. The upstairs balcony
once again offers a view to the bay, and the home features three more bedrooms.
You'll want to linger here to browse the boutique for Island treasures, baked goods, arts and crafts
The Island Flooring Store
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The home of Ron and Barb Harrold ...
The motto displayed on the living room wall is
the perfect philosophy for Island living. "We'll sing
in the sunshine, we'll laugh every day."
This home faces Key Royale Club, a private golf
course on Anna Maria Island, and sliding doors open
onto a nearby canal waterway.
The kitchen offers a view to the canal, and the
granite countertops offer a great space for informal
dining. If you prefer formal, then just beyond the
kitchen is a formal dining area, which can accom-
modate up to eight dinner guests.
A white grandfather clock stands guard to the
home's bedrooms, which features a master bedroom-
bath suite and two guest bedrooms.
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priced from the mid $300s to $1.35 million.
S.R. 70 Only minutes to beaches, great
(to 1-75) shopping, restaurants, tennis
and golf via El Conquistador-
75th Street extension scheduled
63rd Ave. to open March 2012 (see map)
Gated entry with attendant
Lush, tropical landscaping
* Intimate clubhouse with heated
pool and lakefront view at
* Private community fishing pier
and kayak launch at Legends Bay
* Pool pavilion and recreational
facility at Legends Cove
*The Legends Communities and
the Fairways Model at Legends
Cove were selected "Best Overall"
in the 2012 Parade ofHomes.
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